7 March , JOHOR BAHRU – UMLand Seri Alam organized a gotong-royong aiming at preventing the spread of dengue in its township of Bandar Seri Alam today. The event was held in collaboration with Regency Specialist Hospital and supported by Majlis Perbandaran Pasir Gudang, Southern Waste Management Sdn Bhd and COMBI (Communication for Behavioural Impact, an NGO which actively educates and promotes dengue prevention programmes).
The gotong-royong was one of many events organized by the developer of the township, Seri Alam Properties Sdn Bhd. It was timely in view of the dengue situation in the state of Johor is rising at an alarming level since the beginning of this year. Based on report produced by Jabatan Kesihatan Daerah Johor Bahru, the numbers have increased from 508 cases to 973 cases for the first four weeks of 2019 compared with the same period last year.
“Realizing the pandemic and the responsibility of eradicating aedes mosquitoes is not merely the government’s responsibility alone, the idea to organize another gotong-royong was mooted not only to create awareness to the public but also as part of our outreach effort to the community. This is also in line with Bandar Seri Alam being a Smart Healthy City where we emphasis on these key elements to make our township sustainable for current and future residents”, said Mr. KK Wong, Group Director of Townships, UMLand.
He further added that “The area of Jalan Bayu has been chosen as the gotong royong venue as there have been a number of dengue reported cases in the area. As part of cleaning-up the neighbourhood, a fogging exercise will be carried out by the developer as an additional measure to curb the rising dengue cases.”
The developer will continue with the effort to upkeep the township to make it clean and beautiful for the residents. Together with the support from the government and authority, the developer hopes to increase public understanding on the importance of dengue prevention action within their surroundings to make the township healthier and safer for the residents.
More than 100 people turned up for the gotong-royong session which was attended by En Jamal bin Kaimi, the official representative of Member of Parliament of Pasir Gudang, Yang Berhormat En Hassan Karim alongside Mr Ku Chee Chen and Ms Jessica Oh, Majlis Perbandaran Pasir Gudang Councilors, government officers, staff and community of Jalan Bayu.