MCD inspects houses to curb vector-borne diseases

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MCD inspects houses to curb vector-borne diseases

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) staff inspected houses as part of a campaign to combat vector-borne diseases in the national Capital and the authorities issued penalties amounting a cumulative `73 lakh for violations.

The MCD’s public health department, under its campaign to control mosquito-borne diseases, carried out an intensive campaign in 197 police station areas in all its 12 zones, the civic body said.

During the campaign, 83 were found to be mosquito-breeding sites. The MCD slapped 60 legal notices, filed one prosecution, issued three court challans and levied administrative charges in one case, the statement said.

The civic body is carrying out a campaign against dengue, malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases on a war-footing. Dengue is caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which breeds in stagnant water, it said.

The department also carried out intensive checking drives at Punjabi Bagh, Vasant Kunj, Jagatpuri, Usmanpur, Nizamuddin, Amar Colony, Lahori Gate, Burari, Swaroop Nagar, Paschim Vihar, Aman Vihar, Bawana, Rithala, Mayapuri, Sultanpuri, Ghazipur, Geeta Colony and Ambedkar Nagar police stations and malkhanas, it added.

“The MCD has conducted 2,95,69,150 (2.95 crore) house visits. A total 14,84,050 (14.84 lakh) houses have been sprayed with insecticides and 1,35,462 (1.35 lakh) legal notices issued. Fines have been levied upon 22,195 defaulters and a sum of `73,36,640 (`73.36 lakh) has been received for destroying mosquito-breeding (sites) and larva-eating fishes has survived at 203 locations,” the statement said.

The MCD, after analysing the data related to mosquito breeding, has found that drums and jerry cans accounted for 40 per cent of the mosquito-breeding sites, followed by desert coolers at 35 per cent and construction zones and flower pots at 15 per cent.

The MCD has not released its weekly dengue report in the last few weeks, even as the vector-borne disease is on the rise in the national Capital.

Delhi has seen a rise in dengue cases in the last two months, with a few deaths reported at both Government and private hospitals.

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