The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Saturday served show-cause notices to 27 employees of the health department for coming to office late. Atin Ghosh, member, Mayor in Council (Health) who visited the KMC offices in Borough VII in South Kolkata said the employees who had been issued show-cause notices worked in ward 63. Ghosh reached the office at 10am and found that the employees had not turned up for work. He marked them absent and later issued show-cause notices.
He also visited the health offices in wards 58, 59 and 56 all surrounding Ballygunge and Gariahat and found that the offices were being run smoothly. “The clinics were being run in a proper way and those who came had been attended to,” he said.
Ghosh also took park in a morning walkers’ meet on Nebutala Park in Central Kolkata. Situated in ward 50, the area was infamous for dengue and malaria in the 1990s. Its surrounding wards like 48, 49, 51 and 52 were also dens of mosquito borne diseases.
Ghosh said the morning walkers were told about the various steps taken up by the KMC to combat spread of the disease. The morning walkers coming from various age groups took part in interactive sessions and took a pledge to keep their houses and their surroundings clean. Regular monitoring of anti-larvae drives in vast areas surrounding Sealdah station and Baithakkhana market has resulted in curbing the spread of the disease.
South Dum Dum Municipality has organised an awareness camp at Bangur on Sunday. Ghosh will address the residents and will talk on the dos and don’ts and urge them to follow the tips. “To make anti-larvae drive successful there should be close cooperation between the civic employees and the residents”, he said. He also felt that cooperation of different civic bodies and exchange of information and expertise also played an important role in combating the disease.