PETALING JAYA - A new anti-dengue kit will be distributed to communities in Malaysia with the highest recorded number of dengue cases this year.
A total of 100,000 kits will be given out in the states of Selangor and Johor, as well as the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, from this month until September. Each kit contains a Denguard mosquito repellent, a Mousticide biolarvicide that kills aedes larvae, and an ALOT Aedes Larvae Ovitrap that traps mosquitoes into breeding in the treated water and killing the larvae.
The kits are part of the Dengue-Free Community programme launched by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry in collaboration with Inno Biologies and Entogenex. The two companies, which are responsible for providing the technology used in the programme, will be overseeing the implementation of the project.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Ewon Ebin said a "dengue-free squad" would also be set up in high-risk neighbourhoods. Its members will be trained to use the kit to combat the scourge.
Organisers said they expect a 100 per cent success rate from the programme. Results are expected within a month.
Entogenex executive director Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar said the products had been sold in Singapore and the Philippines, where it had shown good results. "The programme is holistic and very targeted in combating dengue. We will be using a four-step plan, known as Reap - reduce, educate, activate and prevent," he said.
While the government can introduce many programmes to fight dengue, he said the community still plays a big role. "The onus is on the community to ensure that their backyard is not a breeding ground," he said.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK