NEA kicks off year-end dengue prevention campaign by distributing toolkits to residents

Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Desmond Tan placing a wooden plant pot marker in the house of Mr Cedric Pereira at Jalan Chempaka Puteh on Nov 22, 2020.
Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Desmond Tan placing a wooden plant pot marker in the house of Mr Cedric Pereira at Jalan Chempaka Puteh on Nov 22, 2020.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Desmond Tan giving the new Dengue Prevention Toolkit to Mr Justin Leong at Jalan Chempaka Puteh on Nov 22, 2020.
Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Desmond Tan giving the new Dengue Prevention Toolkit to Mr Justin Leong at Jalan Chempaka Puteh on Nov 22, 2020.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency (NEA) is running a new campaign to raise awareness of dengue prevention during the year-end period, spurred by almost 34,000 reported dengue cases in 2020.

As part of the campaign, Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Desmond Tan went door-to-door at Jalan Chempaka Puteh, near Tanah Merah, on Sunday (Nov 22) to distribute the NEA's new dengue prevention toolkit to residents.

The toolkit comprises a booklet with information on how to prevent mosquito breeding and bites, as well as a larvicide dunk for residents to place in seldom-checked areas, such as roof gutters, drains and water fountains.

The larvicide kills mosquito larvae before they can grow into adults.

The NEA last Thursday announced its intention to distribute the toolkit to 75,000 landed homes, where it has found a higher incidence of both Aedes mosquito breeding and dengue cases compared with homes in private apartments and HDB flats.

"Dengue fever remains a worrying public health threat, and as we go into the year-end, we have to work together to deal with it," said Mr Tan.

"NEA has been stepping up its efforts by increasing (the frequency of) inspections, as well as by working with the grassroots and community to increase the awareness of our residents."

The outbreak this year is the worst dengue epidemic ever experienced in Singapore, with more people infected and dead from the mosquito-borne disease than ever before.

Close to 34,000 people have been diagnosed with dengue so far, or more than 50 per cent more than the total seen in any previous year.



The tool kit includes a booklet with information, a Bti dunk and visual reminders. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

A total of 29 people have died from dengue this year, or one more than the 28 who have died from Covid-19.

Before this year, the largest number of people who died of dengue in a year was 25 in 2005.

The NEA said last Thursday that it detected 6,800 breeding spots between July and September, with the most common in homes being domestic containers, and in public areas, discarded receptacles.