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Role of Government Bodies
In the crusade against dengue, the government plays a vital role in controlling the disease from spreading. In Malaysia, the Ministry of Health and local authorities such as City or Town Councils have jointly taken implemented many strategies. Among them:
1. Government Act
“Government Act A 1086. Destruction of disease-bearing insects act (Amendment act 2000)” is gazetted. A person found to disobey this act may be fined or charged(1).
Receive notices on dengue cases from hospitals, clinics, schools and village heads. These provide indicators for further action. Fogging would be carried out by local authorities in housing area where 2 or more cases of dengue fever are reported within one week.
Joint team of officers from Ministry of Health and local authorities conduct on-site check and destroy larvae at residential premises and construction sites. Fines may be imposed on the owner of properties.
5. Awareness Campaign