KMC to conduct anti-dengue drive at College Street
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will conduct a massive drive at the College Street market on Wednesday. The drive will be led by Atin Ghosh, member, Mayor in council (Health). He will be accompanied by some senior civic officials and health department workers.
It may be recalled that the KMC had launched anti larvae drive in state and central government offices, state run and private hospitals, schools and colleges and universities. Garbage was removed when dengue larvae was found.
In Rajabazar Science College dengue larvae was found and drives were conducted to clear garbage and debris.
Ghosh on Tuesday visited Kumartuli where the artisans are busy making Durga idols. Ghosh said in the past, many artisans got afflicted with dengue and malaria during this period and that had affected their making of the idol of Durga. But sustained campaign throughout the year has yielded results and not a single artisan was found to be suffering from dengue and malaria.
“The KMC health centre is situated in the heart of Kumartuli but no person with fever who had come to examine blood was seen at the health centre,” he said adding: “This is a marked development and this has become possible as the people of the area have implemented the dos and don’t’s mentioned by KMC during its awareness campaign against mosquito borne diseases.
Ghosh reiterated that following KMC’s instructions to combat spread of dengue and malaria were very important.
The KMC health workers are going to every area and through public address system the residents have been urged to clear the containers where water is stored at least once a week along with flower vases. Overhead tanks and underground reservoirs should be properly covered and used plastic and clay cups should be kept in waste bins.
“In combating dengue and malaria, awareness plays a very important role and so we want to involve school children as they are taught about the dos and don’t’s and they will ask their parents to follow them,” Ghosh said.
The KMC has launched a massive campaign to create awareness against mosquito borne diseases. The efforts of KMC have been lauded by the director of National Vector Borne Diseases Programme, a wing of the union health ministry.