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Question by Mr Gan Thiam Poh: To ask the Minister for the
Environment and Water Resources (a) in the past five years, which is the most
common area that residents have neglected resulting in mosquito breeding; (b)
how many areas are at common areas (i) outside their house and (ii) within
their house respectively; and (c) how many houses have been forced open for
inspection in the absence of a response from owners/tenants.
Answer by Minister:
From 2014 to 2018, the
National Environmental Agency (NEA) conducted an average of 1.3 million
inspections annually, which uncovered more than 17,000 mosquito breeding
habitats each year. The most common mosquito breeding habitats found in homes
were domestic containers such as pails, dish trays, flower pot plates, and
ornamental containers such as vases. The most common habitats detected in
common areas were closed perimeter drains, discarded receptacles and gully
takes a systematic and holistic approach to arrest dengue transmission in
Singapore. NEA conducts Gravitrap surveillance, regular inspections of premises
for potential breeding sites, and intensive search-and-destroy operations to
remove mosquito breeding habitats. Through NEA’s public communication efforts
and the support of grassroots organisations, most residents understand the
danger of dengue transmission and have been cooperative in facilitating NEA’s
premises which NEA officers are unable to gain access to, for example when no
one is at home, NEA will serve a letter to the owner or occupier to arrange for
another date to inspect the unit. If our officers are still unable to enter the
premises at the next inspection, a legal notice under Section 35 of the Control
of Vectors and Pesticides Act (CVPA) will be served to the occupiers, requiring
them to open their homes for inspection at a specified time. If the owners or occupiers
still fail to contact NEA and all attempts to contact the owners or occupiers via
neighbours, grassroots, neighbourhood police and official records again fail, NEA
will invoke Section 36 of the CVPA to gain entry into the premises to check for
mosquito breeding. From 2014 to 2018, 214 homes were inspected under Section 36
of the CVPA.
need to remain vigilant and continue to work as a community to prevent mosquito
breeding and keep dengue transmission in check. Everyone can play a part in
preventing dengue by regularly doing the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout.
Last updated: 07 Oct 2019
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