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BINTULU: The possibility of a cholera outbreak in Bintulu will always be an arm’s length away because of one key factor – ‘jamban gantung’ (hanging latrines).
Assistant Minister of Local Government and Community Development (Public Health) Dr Jerip Susil said although Bintulu was growing fast, almost every single house along the river still had a hanging latrines.
He said this unsystematic way of disposing human waste was a time bomb of sorts for the recurrence of a cholera outbreak.
“The local authority must find concrete ways to resolve this matter. This is because the water source is not only used by animals and human, but it is also a place where children play and bathe, and where women do their laundry and wash dishes, especially in some longhouses” he told reporters after being briefed at the new Bintulu Polyclinic on the cholera outbreak here on Wednesday.
Dr Jerip said Bintulu was similar to what Miri was many years ago, except for the hanging latrines.
He cautioned that this kind of human waste disposal could also lead to many kinds of water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, diarrhoea, dysentery and even skin diseases.
“There need to be put in place a holistic plan to resolve this problem. I hope parties such as the Bintulu Development Authority and the Health Department will look into this matter in order to help Bintulu develop into a healthy town.”
On the cholera outbreak here which was first reported on July 14, he said the number of cases had been decreasing of late, and that the isolation centre in Similajau PLKN camp had been closed.
“This means that the surveillance and mitigation by the relevant authorities had been effective, but this should not mean that we can now lie down and do nothing more because the way I see it the situation could recur because of houses along the riverbanks and the fact that clean water is not easily available in some longhouses and villages.”
Dr Jerip also reminded members of the public, especially food handlers at food stalls, coffee shops and restaurants, to always practise a high level of hygiene.
BINTULU: Companies and factories operating here have been strictly reminded to ensure that their premises do not become aedes mosquito breeding grounds.
This reminder came from Bintulu Health Department officer Dr Abdul Rahim Abdullah who expressed his worry on the increase in dengue outbreaks around the industrial areas lately.
“This year alone, two cases of the epidemic had been recorded involving the industrial areas compared to
only one case in 2010,” he said when delivering a talk on dengue and its prevention measures at BDA auditorium at Wisma Bintulu yesterday.
The talk jointly organised by Bintulu Health Department and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) was attended by over 80 individuals comprising employers and representatives of the factories.
According to him 60 per cent of the 84 dengue cases reported this year, which is the highest in the state, involved workers at the industrial areas, which he said was a major concern as Bintulu was known for its heavy industry sector.
He said each and every person in the community, especially owners and employers of the factories and premises, should be more proactive by taking proper and immediate measures to control the breeding of aedes mosquitoes and spreading of the disease.
“We have conducted series of inspections and meeting with several factories’ management and we were told that some have their own health and safety committees,” he said.
He added that with the committee in place, they should comply with the Health Department’s call for people to spend at least 10 minutes a week to clean up their surroundings by enforcing it on their workers.
Dr Abdul Rahim disclosed that a total of 53 compounds amounting to RM5,210 had been issued from January to July this year, with some 48 compounds paid and the rest pending court order.
He said so far no deaths due to dengue were reported this year.
He also advised the public to keep their premises free of aedes mosquito breeding grounds, cautioning them that the department’s enforcement team would not be issuing warning letters anymore and that they would immediately be slapped with a compound of RM500 if found to harbour the mosquitoes.
The additional service on this date will start from 8pm until midnight while the affected residential areas are Kampung Baru, Taman Sebiew Indah (SPPS A), Taman Sebiew Indah (SPPS B), Kpg Jepak, Kampung Assyakirin Phase 1,2 & 3, Kampung Kuala Segan, Sg.Plan Lot, Taman Sri Pelabuhan, Taman Asean /ABF/MLNG Housing, Jalan Kampung Kemunting, BDA Flats/Government, RPR Kidurong Phase 1,2,3 & 4, RPR Sebiyu, Kampung Penan, Batu 10.
In addition, the same locations would again be provided with additional collection on the second day of Hari Raya on Aug 31.
Trienekens Bintulu manager Thaddeus Wong explained that the services were to cater for increasing waste volumes during the festive period.
“With the extra services, we advise the residents to dispose of their waste early to avoid missed collections which can lead to overwhelmingly excessive waste.
“Besides, so as to prevent over spillage and to ensure a clean environment during the celebration, additional rubbish that cannot fit the bins must be kept inside a garbage bag, tied securely and placed next to the bins for easy collection. Any liquid should be drained or separated to minimise leachate,” added Wong.
The collection days for other residential areas other than these locations will continue as normal.
Bintulu residents are also reminded to push out their wheel bins before 5am on collection day.
For further clarification regarding the services in their respective area during this festive period, the public have been advised to call Trienekens Bintulu’s Hotline 086-253 959.