KMC making documentary to create awareness on dengue
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is making a comprehensive documentary to create awareness against Dengue. This comes in a time when Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has asked all the civic bodies in the state to carry out anti-dengue drives in their areas regularly.
KMC is deploying drones to keep vigil in inaccessible areas. The civic authorities have identified 20 vulnerable wards and anti-dengue drives are being carried out in those areas.
It may be recalled that on February 2, rallies to create awareness were taken out in 144 wards. The main rally was taken out from the KMC headquarters on S N Banerjee Road, which was led by Mayor Firhad Hakim. It has been decided that the civic authorities will carry out drives against dengue in three phases. The first phase, which started in February, will continue till June. The second phase will start from July and continue till October, while the third phase will be the follow-up phase that will be carried out in November and December.
The KMC teams are visiting individual houses, housing complexes and institutional buildings and are examining the underground reservoirs and overhead tanks. They are also checking whether garbage has been cleaned properly or not.
Recently, a high-level meeting was held in Bhopal where civic officials who attended the meeting had been lauded for taking up comprehensive schemes to eradicate dengue.
Most of the anti-dengue drives are led by Atin Ghosh, Deputy Mayor in charge of the Health department. The department is holding meetings in every borough, which are attended by the senior officials of different departments. These departments include Solid Waste Management, Building, Drainage and Sewerage. The teams visit institutional buildings like hospitals, schools, both Central and state government offices and housing complexes owned by the state and Central governments.
KMC has also opened 15 dengue detection centres in Kolkata, where blood tests are done free of cost. There are specialised doctors in every ward to treat the residents.