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Wall paint to be used to combat dengue

Research shows that the paint can indeed be used to protect homes against the Aedes mosquitoes.

Nikita Nawawi
Written by Nikita Nawawi

SHAH ALAM – March 25, 2015: The Health Ministry is looking forward to introducing a new method to combat the worsening dengue situation by using wall paint.

It is an emulsion paint formulation impregnated with deltamethrin that can be used to paint houses and protect against mosquitoes.

“The Institute for Medical Reseach has done research and found the paint to be effective. We believe this is viable,” said Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam today.

The ‘painticide’ is expected to be in the market this June.

Subramaniam today visited a dengue hotspot in Section 7 here.

Dengue cases have gone through the roof with an increase of 40.6 per cent in the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year.

Selangor recorded the highest number of cases, with 58 per cent of the 30,890 recorded.

Last year, dengue cases in Selangor increased by 354 per cent during the first two months.

Subramaniam said that while the federal government is concerned with the stituation, the state governments and local authorities must also be responsible.

“Cleanliness, regular and proper garbage pickups and conditions at construction sites are all issues the states must monitor,” he said.

Under the ministry’s Ops Gempur Aedes from February 10 to March 14, 95 of 111 construction sites inspected were found to be breeding grounds of the Aedes mosquito.

Besides that, the ministry also decided to spray the outdoor residual spray at 71 red zones in Petaling, Hulu Langat, Gombak and Klang from early February.

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Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi is an up-and-coming writer who started his involvement in the media industry serving established local English daily, before joining The Mole in October 2014 as journalist.