Braddell Heights steps up dengue prevention with thousands of bottles of insect repellent

SINGAPORE - A thousand bottles of insect repellent were distributed in Braddell Heights on Sunday afternoon in efforts to fight dengue.

Over the next two months, 3,900 more bottles of repellent will be given out for free at resident committee centres in Braddell Heights zones B and C. They are high-risk red dengue zones which have seen a large number of cases.

This is part of steps taken by the Braddell Heights Community Emergency and Engagement Committee to prevent dengue.

According to the National Environment Agency's website, June to October is the period when the number of dengue cases usually peaks in Singapore.

Last week, The Straits Times reported that dengue cases in Singapore have been rising over the past four weeks. During the last week of May, 459 people were diagnosed with dengue, up from 429 the week earlier. More than 6,600 people have been infected this year, with one death.

Ms Jessica Chiam, who chairs the Braddell Heights Community Emergency and Engagement Committee, said: "Despite concerted efforts to educate residents, the rise of dengue in Braddell Heights estates means that more active measures must be taken to educate our residents to stamp out the dengue scourge in our community.