Atin Ghosh, member, Mayor in council (Health) said the show-cause notice had been issued after it was found that these employees had not come to office on time. “It is unfortunate because the entire department has geared up to combat the spread of dengue,” he said. The leaves on Saturdays and Sundays of the employees involved in the work to check dengue have been cancelled. The KMC team will visit the ITI, Ballygunge on Wednesday.
Ghosh on Tuesday visited borough I0 and inspected the data bank and other documents relating to the dengue prevention drive. He personally supervised the cleaning operation in six wards under the borough. He said the spread of the disease in the city had been checked because of regular monitoring of the work.
There are three teams from the ward to the borough that conduct anti larvae drives. There are Rapid Action Teams that are controlled centrally. Borough administrative meetings are regularly held where apart from the ward councillors, officials of different KMC departments like, sewerage and drainage and building are present. The problems that crop up are resolved on the spot. It may be recalled that the Director of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme under the ministry of Health had lauded the effort of KMC in general and Ghosh in particular for his personal initiative to stall spread of the disease.
A senior civic official said in addition to conducting anti larvae drive in flats and dwelling units, more stress has been laid on institutional buildings like hospitals, nursing homes and office premises where Aedes Aegypti larvae have been found. It has often been found that broken and unused furniture are kept on the roofs and in the corners of the balcony in office buildings. During monsoon seasons they serve as the ideal breeding ground for the mosquitoes. It may be mentioned that the civic authorities have written to the Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University requesting him to take initiative to conduct cleaning operation at Rajabazar Science College. The Army, para military forces and post offices have been requested to ensure that the garbage in their office premises are cleaned everyday and water was not allowed to accumulate.
Meanwhile, the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation authorities have asked the students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to come to school wearing full shirt and trousers. A student of the school died of dengue some days ago.