Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Penang bans polystrene at state functions to cut dengue spread

The state government has banned the use of polystyrene cups and plates at all state organised functions with immediate effect as part of measures to contain the outbreak of dengue here.

In Penang, one of the top breeding grounds for the carrier of dengue- the aedes mosquitos, are discarded plastic bags and polystyrene dining ware, said state Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

In a press release, Phee said the state has 539 confirmed dengue cases for this year with the latest been, 31 recorded for the week of June 14 till 20.

Phee said the ban was needed to educate the public about cleanliness as discarded plastic bags and polystyrene cups and plates were coming back to haunt residents here as they breed the aedes mosquitos.

‘‘Now, we will also inform hosts of private outdoor events and gatherings to not use polystyrene material when they invite state dignitaries.

“If they do, we would consider not consuming the food served on such material,’’ he said when contacted later.


HL said...

Penang starting to have lots of approach towards recycle and green hse issues .. Good one !!

BH said...

So a change in government indeed is a good one, albeit ruling party under opposition :)