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Health dept disburses Rs 9L for anti-dengue drives

Kolkata: The state Health department has disbursed a fund of nearly Rs 9 lakh to various hospitals and medical colleges across to state to conduct anti-dengue drives and maintain cleanliness in and around the premises.

The move has been taken up after a large number of patients from various districts were found to be suffering from dengue. It has been learnt that the fund has been provided to all the five medical college hospitals in the city and 18 other hospitals from various districts, which include North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Howrah and Kolkata.

Senior Health department officials believe that the prevalence of dengue will subside in the next 15 days following rigorous campaigning in all the hospitals.

It has been learnt that the department had allotted funds to combat dengue earlier as well. This was an additional fund allotment generated by the department to bring control over the situation.

All the hospitals have been instructed to conduct cleaning operation on a daily basis and to ensure that there is no accumulated water in any part of the premises.

If there is any garbage inside the hospital complex, it must be removed on a daily basis. The anti-dengue drive has to be carried out inside the hospital premises, particularly in the parts which are potential breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

The hospital authorities have been instructed to keep a tab on the anti-dengue drive. According to a figure, more than 40,000 people from the state have been affected by the disease this year, of whom several have died.

A senior Health department official said that the situation will not aggravate further and will be brought under control in the state within two weeks. As winter sets in, the incidence of dengue will subside, the official said.

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