The Jakarta Post
South Jakarta Health Office workers have cleaned the waterways near the residence of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in Cilandak Barat subdistrict, South Jakarta following reports from residents of mosquito larvae amid rising dengue fever cases in the capital.
“PPSU [public facility maintenance agency] workers immediately cleaned the drainage system ,” South Jakarta Health Office head Muhammad Helmi said on Thursday as reported by tempo.co.
The subdistrict office also deployed jumantik (mosquito larvae controllers) to monitor the area.
Helmi said the city administration was still on alert for dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease. The mosquitoes lay their eggs and breed in clean water.
“We need to clean our drainage so the water can flow to prevent the mosquitoes from breeding,” he added.
The local residents found mosquito larvae in clogged drainage near Anies’ house.
West Cilandak subdistrict chief Agus Gunawan said his office would spread cupang (betta fish) in the drainage system in the area as a preventive measure as the fish ate mosquito larvae.
Jakarta recorded 2,883 cases of dengue fever from January to March 13 with two fatalities. Most cases occurred in East Jakarta and West Jakarta. (ggq)