Dengue is a health problem that has affected many Singaporeans over the years. So when the Pasir-Ris Punggol area started seeing dengue clusters form, a group of grassroots leaders decided to work together to fight against Dengue.

The idea was simple: Getting both the residents and grassroots leaders on the chat programme so that information on dengue was easily and quickly communicated. The Neighbourhood Committee (NC) members had already been discussing a way to create a communication network system in the middle of 2015.

NC members promoted the system during weekend house visits, and set up a communication network for the 220 houses in the affected area to keep residents updated. Along with the One Connect @ Pasir Ris Punggol team, members helped with the uncovering of mosquito breeding habitats, distribution of mosquito repellents and educational outreach materials to residents and the misting of homes with insecticide to kill adult mosquitoes.

When the One Connect team @ Pasir Ris Punggol flagged the possibility of mosquito breeding grounds within an abandoned shed to URA, SLA and BCA, the agencies acted immediately. Once the shed’s land ownership was determined, SLA demolished the 40-year-old shed over two weeks.

During the outbreak, about 65 percent of the residents subscribed to the information sharing system as well. This model of informing residents is easily replicated and Jalan Loyang Besar NC is getting their residents to sign up as well. It has also been implemented for other issues such as Zika. Riverina NC, for instance, used the system to inform residents about Zika when the first case was detected to allay fears and address concerns.  

DPM Teo and staff, NC members discussing dengue

DPM Teo Chee Hean, staff from government agencies and NC members at meeting on fighting dengue within the area.

Min Fu presenting awards at MSA 2016

Minister Grace Fu presenting the award to team at the Municipal Services Awards 2016.