Zika in Singapore

NEA working with WP on Zika

NEA personnel in fogging operations in Aljunied Crescent on Sept 2,  2016.
NEA personnel in fogging operations in Aljunied Crescent on Sept 2, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The Workers' Party (WP) yesterday said the National Environment Agency (NEA) had worked closely with its town council to fight Zika, in a Facebook post debunking rumours online that have claimed otherwise.

The post, put up on the Aljunied GRC Facebook page, said: "There are some divisive stories going around online that NEA has not been assisting the town council in the fight against Zika. This is not true."

The Facebook post added that Aljunied-Hougang Town Council and NEA had been working closely to put in place mosquito-control measures at Bedok North Avenue 3, where a cluster of Zika infections has been detected.

WP MPs have been checking on residents in 15 blocks in the affected area, which are in MP Fai- sal Manap's Kaki Bukit ward.

A story making its rounds online had incorrectly claimed that the NEA did not give Mr Faisal brochures on mosquito control to hand out to his residents when he went on house visits last Thursday.

In fact, the NEA had specially delivered 500 copies of the brochures to the Kaki Bukit town council office when it found out that the town council had run out of brochures, said the post.

But the town council had planned to cover 1,500 homes that day, and went on to make and print its own brochures to supplement the NEA ones.

Said the post, referring to colours associated with the WP and the PAP: "Mosquitoes don't differentiate between blue and white; we all bleed red. We fight Zika together as one Singapore."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 04, 2016, with the headline 'NEA working with WP on Zika'. Subscribe