The massive Sarawak Museum Campus and Heritage Trail construction near Padang Merdeka had to be halted for seven days after health authorities found out that the construction site was a breeding ground to Aedes mosquitoes.
According to a news report by The Borneo Post, “the project site was declared as dengue outbreak area after nine persons from the locality were infected with dengue as of Monday (Sept 24).”
The paper also reported that the dengue outbreak was declared on Sept 9 and subsequent checks at the Sarawak Museum Campus and Heritage Trail site found 11 Aedes mosquito breeding spots.
Another check on Sept 20 also found that there were still Aedes mosquitoes breeding spots at the site and hence the temporary closure order was made for the site beginning Sept 21st.
The Health Department hoped that the seven day site closure would be used to clean up the site and destroy the mosquito breeding spots.
It was also reported that the contractor of the Sarawak Museum Campus and Heritage Trail had done intensive cleaning of the site to eradicate the site of mosquito breeding grounds from 21st to 23rd September.
The Sarawak Museum Campus and Heritage Trail project was estimated to cost RM308 million. It is set to be one of the finest of such building in the region and is scheduled for completion in June 2020.