The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has launched a massive awareness campaign against malaria before the onset of the monsoon season. The union health ministry has lauded the KMC for the steps it had taken to control the spread of malaria and dengue in 2015.
The civic authorities have asked people to clear the underground reservoirs and overhead tanks. If the tank covers are missing they should be replaced. The vents attached to septic tanks particularly
in the added areas of Behala, Jadavpur and Garden Reach should b covered with net.
The centres where rethreading of tyres are done have been asked not to keep used hollow tyres without tubes in the open. People have been asked to clean the buckets to store water at least once in a week. The officers in charge of police stations and the superintendents of state-run hospitals have been requested to ensure that garbage is removed every day. In police stations, cars that had met with accidents are kept and these vehicles serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes.
The city has been divided into nine zones and the malaria prone areas like Bhowanipore, kalighat, Chetla and its surroundings have been marked as highly malaria prone where special drives are carried out.
The health department workers are carrying out awareness programmes in every borough to make people aware of the dos and don’ts.
They are visiting the sites of buildings that are under construction and if mosquito larvae are found, then notices are served on the owners asking them to clean the reservoirs.
The KMC has health centres in every ward where pathological tests are conducted free of cost and those who are found to be suffering from malaria are given medicine for free.