Cleanliness drive brings down infectious disease cases in rural areas

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Cleanliness drive brings down infectious disease cases in rural areas

Friday, 16 April 2021 | PNS | Lucknow

The Yogi Adityanath government's special cleanliness campaign to contain the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases in rural areas has played a major role in bringing down transmission levels with villages recording a significant drop in the number of patients in hospitals in the last 14 days.  
Under the campaign organised in coordination with Urban Development, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj departments and other institutions, anti-larval chemicals were sprayed in all districts to prevent mosquito breeding and thwart other vector-borne diseases.
Besides, frequent large-scale fogging was done along with regular cleaning of water tanks, removal of garbage and cleaning of drains. Also, public toilets were constructed in rural areas on a priority basis.
Additional teams were set up to undertake mass awareness campaigns across the state to promote the use of masks, frequent washing of hands and social distancing.
The Uttar Pradesh government in its commitment to eradicate mosquitoes carried out rigorous fogging campaigns in all gram panchayats and revenue villages of all 75 districts. The state set a record by undertaking fogging and cleanliness drives more than a thousand times in villages of Sultanpur, Siddharthnagar, Shahjahanpur, Rampur, Kanpur Dehat, Jaunpur, Gorakhpur and Barabanki. These areas report the maximum number of infectious disease cases.
The government agencies conducted regular inspections to check breeding of mosquitoes and all pest-control measures were implemented thoroughly.
As per official data, fogging and sanitisation exercises in various villages of Jaunpur were carried out 3,629 times in the last 14 days. Consequently, the number of vector-borne diseases and cases of infections remarkably dipped.
Similarly, fumigation in all gram panchayats and revenue villages of Barabanki, Gorakhpur, Hardoi, Kanpur Dehat and Rampur was carried out 1,138, 1,159, 1,741, 1,027 and 1,066 times, respectively.
The cleanliness drives and cleaning of drains started showing positive results as villages recorded a significant drop in the number of patients. Besides, sanitisation in rural areas of Sant Kabir Nagar, Shahjahanpur, Siddharthnagar and Sultanpur was also being carried out at a rapid pace.
In about 97,521 revenue villages, spraying of disinfectants like bleaching powder, sodium hypochlorite was carried out regularly for 14 days. As per official data, fumigation in all revenue villages was carried out a total of 21,610 times.

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