Civic body plans preventive steps to check dengue

Jan 14, 2013, 06:56 IST | Anup Satphale

Despite a significant drop in registered dengue fever cases in the city due to the ongoing winter season, the PMC is being proactive, and is formulating a dengue-control plan.

The plan suggests micro level changes, and strict action against concerned persons responsible for causing mosquito-breeding spots.

Dengue cases saw steady rise from August to November last year, however in the month of December there were fewer cases. According to PMC officials despite the drop, the number of cases was still on the higher side for the year.

Deadly dengue:The PMC may seek ward-wise information on mosquito breeding spots and may conduct weekly fogging to control the spread of larvae. File Pic

Vaishali Jadhav, assistant health officer, PMC, who is also in charge of the vector-borne disease control department, said, “During a recent discussion, I suggested some changes to the Health Department. There is a need to decentralise the work of the vector-borne disease control department. Every ward should be assigned a medical officer to check the spread of dengue.”

The plan also suggests that total ward wise information of mosquito breeding spots and a weekly fogging schedule should be undertaken to control the spread of larvae. The plan also intends to take action against people who fail to clean potential breeding sites on their properties. “We have suggested strict action and filing of a civil suit against persons — including PMC employees — that encourage breeding spots. I have suggested appointing a concerned person to monitor breeding spots from the anti-encroachment department. This person will be slapped with a notice or civil suit if he fails to do so,” said Jadhav.

Apart from strict action against necessary authorities and persons, the plan also suggests hiring necessary staff to tackle the manpower shortage in the department. “We have also suggested that builders employing more than 50 workers at their construction sites should carry out a monthly health check up of the labourers, and maintain a report card of them.

To tackle the late results of the serum samples collected from various hospitals, there is need for detection kits. We are also demanding a new laboratory and the Eliza Reader, so that maximum samples can be tested. ” Jadhav added.  

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