Residents get insect repellent to fight dengue

PHOTO: Residents get insect repellent to fight dengue

SINGAPORE - A thousand bottles of insect repellent were delivered to the doorsteps of residents of Braddell Heights on Monday as grassroots volunteers there stepped up the fight against dengue.

Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC Seah Kian Peng, who is also an adviser for Braddell Heights, helped to give out the 300ml bottles of repellent during house visits in Braddell Heights Zone B.

Braddell Heights Zones B and C as well as the Bartley neighbourhood are high-risk red dengue zones which have seen a large number of cases. The areas have 4,900 households in all.

Dengue, a viral disease, is spread by the Aedes mosquito.

Over the next two months, another 3,900 bottles of insect repellent will be available for free at the residents' committee centres of the two high-risk Braddell Heights zones.

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 had 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."

This article was first published on June 9, 2014. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.