Hakim to meet civic bodies on ways to tackle outbreak of dengue in parts of state
Kolkata: Firhad Hakim, state minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, will meet senior
officials of the civic bodies to find out ways and means to combat the outbreak of dengue and an unknown fever in some areas.
The chairmen of different municipalities and mayors of corporations will also attend the meeting. The meeting will be held at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on August 14. Senior officials of state Health department will also be present at the meeting.
It may be mentioned that while addressing the gathering to observe a Save Green Stay Clean programme at Nazrul Mancha on August 1, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had cautioned the municipalities in North 24-Parganas about dengue which has taken the shape of an epidemic in Bangladesh and urged them to ramp up anti-larvae drives.
It may be mentioned that Mohammad Tajul Islam, Local Government and Rural Development minister of Bangladesh, met Hakim on August 3 to discuss about the anti-dengue drives that are being carried out in Bengal and subsequently on August 5, a video conference was held between the Mayor of Dhaka and senior officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, headed by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh, where the civic officials told their Bangladesh counterparts about the steps being taken in the city against the disease.
Meanwhile, some pockets in North 24-Parganas including Basirhat, Gaighata, Ashoknagar and Barasat are reeling under dengue and unknown fever. The state Health department has given Rs 40.50 lakh to the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas to intensify anti-larvae drives.
450 additional personnel have been provided to carry out the drives and conduct house-to-house survey. Around 2,000 people afflicted with dengue have been admitted to different hospitals in North 24-Parganas. Virologists from School of Tropical Medicine (STM) have visited the affected areas and collected blood samples of those suffering from high fever.
In a recently held meeting with senior officials of the state Health department headed by additional chief secretary Rajiva Sinha, Hakim had said that KMC has become a role model to all the civic bodies to combat vector-borne diseases.
For successful launching of anti-larvae drives, the cooperation of common people is mandatory. It has been learnt that awareness campaign against dengue and the unknown fever will be conducted throughout the state.