'Not rocket science': How one condominium is taking steps to fight dengue

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SINGAPORE: If there’s one thing Bob Wong, a resident of Woodsvale condominium in Woodlands wants people to know, it is that the fight against dengue is not just about individual efforts. 

The 48-year-old and father of two, who moved to Singapore from Hong Kong in 2007, plays his part to protect his community from dengue. 

For one, he has been part of his condominium’s MCST for the last five years, ensuring his officers "do their part" to care for common areas. 

“Protecting your family members is a basic responsibility, but as a whole, of course we don’t want (dengue) to bother our neighbours as well,” said Mr Wong during inspection and vector control operations on Saturday (May 14) at his condominium. 

“Everybody plays a part. It’s not just about myself.”

“SERIOUS DENGUE SITUATION”

Singapore is currently facing a “serious dengue situation”, with dengue cases continuing to rise “sharply”, stated the National Environment Agency (NEA) in a media factsheet on Saturday.

A “high” of 1,055 dengue cases were reported this week as of Friday. And more than 8,000 cases have been reported this year to date, exceeding the total 5,258 cases reported in 2021. 

“This is worrying, because we have not even gone into the traditional peak season between June to October, where dengue (cases) tend to be a bit higher as well,” said Minister of State for Home Affairs and Sustainability and the Environment, Desmond Tan, on Saturday. 

Moreover, 280 active dengue clusters were reported as of Friday, up from 196 clusters at end-April, stated NEA. 

For instance, one of the top five largest dengue clusters located around the Mount Sinai area off Holland Road uncovered 305 cases of dengue, with 11 premises detected with multiple breeding habitats during a single inspection and one premise detected with repeat breeding during re-inspection. 

“In order to deal with this situation, NEA as well as our community partners, grassroot leaders and organisations have been stepping up the vector control operations, focusing mainly on raising awareness and vigilance among our residents,” added Mr Tan. 

“(It’s) also to dea...

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