This year, NEA has been stepping up its measures in dengue control. Using a combination of enforcement, vector control efforts, public communications, as well as community engagement and mobilisation, the agency hopes to put a stop to this trend of rising dengue cases.
From 15 July 2020, households with repeated offences in mosquito breeding face heavier penalties and, in more extreme cases, the possibility of being sent to court. NEA is also working with local Town Councils to enhance checking of mosquito breeding spots such as drains, rooftops, and water tanks. The agency has improved surveillance efforts at construction sites during the Circuit Breaker period, and this will likely continue after.
But the most essential role in dengue prevention still belongs to us:
“The majority of mosquito breeding is found in residential homes. Vector control remains key to eliminating potential mosquito breeding habitats and breaking the dengue transmission. We need urgent collective community effort to prevent this situation from worsening.”
—Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
So check for stagnant water, overturn those pails, and be more alert about potential breeding spots at home. The year 2020 has been unpredictable in the craziest ways, which is why it’s even more important that we keep predictable—and preventable—events under control.