For the first time in the history of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), 145 rallies were held in the city to create awareness against dengue.
The central rally which was taken out from the KMC headquarters was led by Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. Trinamool Congress MP Subrata Bakshi, ministers Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Sadhan Pande, Olympian Gurbux Singh, academician Abhiroop Sarkar, actors Rudranil and Hiran along with thousands of people took part in the rally.
There were colourful banners and posters to create awareness against the disease. KMC is the first civic body in the country to start dengue awareness programme during the winter season. As the seasons are changing fast, mosquitoes have also changed their breeding pattern and KMC’s awareness is to urge people to follow the dos and don’ts. “ KMC has been requesting people to clear the container where water is stored at least once in a week and now, people will have to do this to check the disease,” Atin Ghosh, member, mayor in council in charge of health said.
In ward number 11 and 17 in North Kolkata, colourful rallies were taken out in the morning. In ward 11, the rally was led by its Councillor Atin Ghosh. All the social clubs in the area took part in the rally. In ward 17 the rally was led by its Councillor Mohun Gupta. Students of all primary schools and puja committees took part in the colourful procession. In ward 72, Sandip Ranjan Bakshi led the rally.
The KMC has chalked out elaborate plans to create awareness round the year. Seven dengue clinics have been set up in the city and health workers are visiting houses and apartments round the year to examine the underground reservoirs and overhead tanks. House owners are asked to clean them if mosquito larvae are found. The health workers collect blood samples of people found to be suffering from fever and medicines are given to them free of cost.