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KMC to crack down on negligence regarding dengue

Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to act tough against people who are negligent in taking measures to control the spread of vector-borne disease like dengue.
The health department of the KMC has urged the government to raise the amount of fine to Rs 1 lakh, for those who are turning a blind eye to the civic body's recommendations of preventive measures against dengue.
"When we come across dengue larvae in the residential premises of a person, we serve him/her a notice about the measures he/she needs to take. We also serve the house owner a second notice in this regard. If we find that he/she remains unperturbed after two successive notices, as per our provisions under KMC Act 496, we fine him to the extent of Rs 1,000. We have recommended the government to raise the amount of fine, which we feel will make people take precautionary preventive measures effectively," Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said.
Ghosh undertook an awareness drive against dengue in his own ward 11 in North Kolkata, with his team of senior health officers and stumbled upon a number of houses which were locked.
" There are a number of houses where our health officials were prevented from entering and suggesting ways to maintain cleanliness. This is not desirable," Ghosh complained.
The team distributed leaflets on measures for dengue prevention and the dos and don'ts in case somebody is affected with dengue.
It has been decided that councillors will take up door-to-door awareness campaigns till June, to raise awareness among common people about preventive measures against dengue. KMC's sustained campaign throughout the year has ensured that in 2017, dengue in Kolkata was very much under control.

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