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KMC holds workshop on prevention, control of vector-borne diseases

Kolkata: Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is responsible for transmitting dengue virus into your body is lured by deep colour of clothes. Deep red, deep black and deep blue are the three colours that attract dengue mosquitoes towards a person, said Vector Control Officer of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Debasish Biswas.
Speaking at an interactive session on dengue, Biswas said: "These three colours are spotted by an Aedes Aegypti, female mosquito, from a distance of 10 metres. The shadow of these colours help the insect in the sighting and it is attracted towards these colours. So it is better to avoid these colours at least from June to October which are the months in which dengue cases are the maximum."
The event was held at Rabindra Sadan organised by the KMC's Health department on Saturday.
Fashion designer Agnimitra Paul suggested roping in cricketers and film stars for the campaign. "I have seen that when some brand is endorsed by a cricketer or a film star, it has more appeal. The same process may also be followed in the KMC's awareness programmes about dengue," Paul
added. Member Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh welcomed the proposal and said the civic body will give it a serious thought.
Speaking at the programme, Ghosh said the objective of the programme was to make all the stakeholders aware of the treatment protocol of the vector-borne disease that is made by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) every year. "We want that treatment at all hospitals, health centres (both government and private) of vector-borne diseases would be of the same pattern as per the guidelines of World Health Organisation (WHO). We have invited all hospitals, both government and private, in the programme to hand over the
treatment protocol. We will also be sending it to other stakeholders
who failed to attend the programme," Ghosh said.
He urged the doctors dealing with dengue to consider the treatment to be a part of social cause.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, in a word of advice to the councillors and borough chairmans who attended the programme, said not to create unnecessary panic over dengue.
"The civic body is fully geared up to fight dengue and we will strive in ensuring that there is not a single death due to this disease," Chatterjee said.
He reiterated that deaths due to dengue in the state are much less than most other states in the country.
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