BLOCK C of the Pantai Ria People's Housing Project (PPR) in Pantai Dalam is Malaysia's top "dengue hotspot" with 17 cases reported in 58 days.
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin revealed this after launching the MySihat youth health campaign yesterday.
Expressing concern over the level of health among PPR residents, he said City Hall's Health Department would conduct a five-year study, starting with units in the Lembah Pantai constituency.
"Health education needs to be started from young. It is not something you can leave for later."
Raja Nong Chik said he would personally look into updates on dengue cases at the PPR units next week. "I think it is the bane of city life, where health often deteriorates," he said.
"When a larger portion of the Malaysian population used to live outside cities, the health and longevity of the people was better."
He believed that since two-thirds of the population lived in urban areas, the overall health levels had dropped significantly.
"There are those of my age or younger, among my comrades, who have (passed away). We need to ensure the youths now are fit enough so that you don't face bad health at an age where you can still be active, such as 40 or 50."
The day-long health campaign was carried out by the Al-fiah Welfare Association of Kuala Lumpur, under the constituency's Puteri Umno wing.