“For the first quarter of 2014, we had 1,610 reported cases,” said MPS president Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain after the council’s second fullboard meeting yesterday.
Last year, there were 2,546 dengue cases, a 249% increase compared to 2012, he said.
More worryingly, Mohd Azizi added, the state Health Department’s Gombak district office had recorded three dengue-related deaths in the Aman Puri, Taman Sri Gombak and OC 8, Batu Arang residential areas.
However, the number of dengue hotspots in MPS areas have been reduced to five localities this year, compared to 17 during the same period in 2013.
These hotspots are Selayang Baru 18, Kampung Melayu Sri Kundang C, Bandar Country Homes Phase 4, OC 8 and Taman Sri Putra.
“MPS’ Health Department has set up a dengue taskforce comprising department officers and councillors,” said Mohd Azizi.
During the meeting, it was also announced that MPS would be conducting a seminar for developers, consultants and building/construction professionals on April 23.
The seminar, which will be held at the Shah Alam Convention Centre, is aimed at educating them on building code requirements and procedures in MPS.
“We did a study and found out only 21% or 146 submissions to our One-Stop Centre (OSC) were fully approved,” said Mohd Azizi.