The KMC on Friday conducted anti-larvae drive at High Court, New Secretariat Building, City Civil and Sessions Court and CAB premises. The drive was led by Atin Ghosh, member, Mayor in council (Health). Senior civic officials and health and conservancy department staff were also present during the drive.
Ghosh said the larvae of dengue and malaria were found at the City Civil and Sessions Court premises. There were plastic cups and bottles filled with water, accumulated garbage and broken furniture which served as the breeding ground for mosquitoes. The matter was brought o the notice of the registrar City Civil and Sessions Court, he said. Mosquito larvae were found at six places in CAB premises. The matter was brought to the notice of CAB officials. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is the president of CAB.
Ghosh said daily sweeping or removal of garbage was not enough to stop the breeding of mosquitoes. Used plastic cups and plastic bottles without cover which people throw on the roads casually serve as the biggest breeding ground for mosquitoes causing dengue and malaria. To throw them in waste bins and cleaning them regularly was required to check spread of the disease. Though the KMC and the state government have launched cleanliness drives, these would fail to fetch the desired results if people do not participate. The employees working in state government offices or agencies should feel that it is their moral duty to keep the offices clean and not to throw used paper and plastic cups on the road, Ghosh said.
He said the awareness drive has yielded good results as a large number of people are cleaning the containers where water is stored at least once a week. The best thing would be if they could clean them twice a week, he said. Similarly, the overhead tanks and underground reservoirs should be covered. Ghosh said the KMC had launched intense awareness campaign and was assisting housing complexes to clear garbage by payment of requisite fees.
The KMC has five dengue detection centres in the city and five will be opened shortly. By November, another five will be opened taking the total number of such centres to 15. There are ward health offices and borough health offices from where health department workers visit every household as a part of the anti-larvae drive.