It is not true that NEA Dengue Inspection Officers have to meet a daily quota of enforcement actions. NEA Officers are trained to carry out their duties in a professional and firm manner. As part of the standard protocol, they have to identify themselves by showing their authority card to the occupier/owner of premises, state their purpose of visit and request for permission to enter the home. The NEA officer will then request the occupier/owner of premises to accompany them at all times during the inspection. Officers will check in places where there could be potential mosquito breeding habitats. Whenever breeding is detected at the premises, officers will show the habitat to the occupier/owner of premises and collect a sample of the mosquito pupae or larvae found in a vial, which is then sealed in the presence of the occupier/owner of premises, and sent to NEA’s laboratory for identification of the mosquito sample.
NEA will take enforcement action against owners whose premises have been found with mosquito breeding. Owners whose premises are found with mosquito breeding may be fined up to $5,000 or imprisoned for a term not exceeding 3 months or both, under the Control of Vectors and Pesticides Act (CVPA). Occupiers/ owners of premises will be notified through mail if enforcement action is taken.
Posted on 19 May 2020 03:38 PM