SDMC swings into action as vector-borne diseases surge

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SDMC swings into action as vector-borne diseases surge

Saturday, 08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

After sudden spurt in cases of vector-borne diseases reported in the National Capital, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has swung into action and asked all ‘Heads of Departments’ of various agencies to nominate the nodal officers to ensure preventive measures.

The various agencies such as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Development Authority, Delhi Police, Public Works Department and Central Public Works Department have been asked to cooperate, a senior SDMC official said.

SDMC Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti on Friday issued advisory on prevention and control of vector borne diseases in Delhi.  He has called for prevention of mosquito breeding at source and made it clear that the reduction in breeding is the only effective tool for prevention and control of these diseases.

Bharti said that this year, there is a need to concentrate more on educational institutions like colleges and schools as they are closed due to corona crises and have higher chances of mosquito breeding. He also requested the heads of educational institutions and offices to cooperate in controlling mosquito breeding.

The designated nodal officer of these institutes must ensure that there is no artificial water collection in open grounds, roofs of buildings and flower pots etc, he said, adding that overhead tanks should be emptied, covered and locked.

The Commissioner has requested all the heads of all agencies to ensure that overhead and other water tanks are kept properly covered with lid and overflow air vent are covered with wire mesh.

“All coolers should be scrubbed and cleaned once a week and mopped dry before refilling. In coolers that cannot be emptied, put one tablespoon of tempos granules or petrol,” he said.

Delhi Municipal Corporation by laws 1975 on Malaria and other vector borne diseases provides for an action on failure to take specified prevented measures to control breeding.  “On detection of repeated breeding, besides legal notice, challan, Police complaint may be lodged under section 269 of Indian Penal Code,” he said.

Bharti has called upon RWAs, market association and general public to take preventive measures failing which the outbreak of dengue and chikungunya may become uncontrollable.  He has sent advisory to all offices of Central, State governments, CPWD, PWD, DDA, Delhi Police, DJB, DMRC, registrars of all universities and deemed universities in Delhi, all associations of professionals and all associations of traders.

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