Communicable Disease Control Campaign, Dastak Abhiyan 2024 to begin in July

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Communicable Disease Control Campaign, Dastak Abhiyan 2024 to begin in July

Monday, 17 June 2024 | PNS | Lucknow

In order to tackle health challenges due to water-borne diseases and other seasonal vagaries ahead of monsoon season, the state government will initiate the Communicable Disease Control Campaign statewide from July 1 to July 31. Concurrently, the Dastak Abhiyan will be conducted from July 11 to July 31.

A detailed action plan has been prepared and officials have been instructed to implement both the campaigns effectively. The Urban Development department is actively supervising the initiative and issuing directives to urban bodies for seamless execution of the plan.

The urban development directorate has instructed all municipal commissioners, general managers of the water works and executive officers of the municipal council to implement action plans following the directives provided.

Additionally, sensitisation meetings have been scheduled for municipal corporations, municipal councils, and all nagar panchayats. Instructions have been issued to provide the chief medical officers with a micro-plan detailing ward-wise and area-wise activities to be completed by June 28 for the special Communicable Disease Control Campaign. Urban bodies have also been directed to submit consolidated reports to the government regarding the activities conducted and completed during the campaign as per this micro-plan.

Urban bodies have been directed to collaborate with the Health department to educate officials and staff about preventing encephalitis and other vector-borne and waterborne diseases, as well as maintaining cleanliness. Continuous awareness campaigns through mohalla committees will be conducted to address these health concerns.

Urban areas will also see regular fogging and targeted vector control activities in high-risk areas identified by the Health department. Additional instructions include promoting environmental and personal hygiene, preventing open defecation, ensuring the use of clean drinking water, and controlling mosquito populations.

Efforts will be made to cover open drains, clean drains and garbage, mark shallow hand pumps with red paint to prevent their use and seal hand pump pipes with concrete. Wastewater from hand pumps will be managed with soak pits, and the quality of drinking water will be monitored through bacterial and virological testing.

Guidelines have also been provided for water-logging and water supply. Mini public water supply systems and tank-type stand posts must be installed and monitored according to standards. Roads and pavements will be constructed to prevent water-logging and vegetation growth. Vegetation along roads will be regularly cleared and activities will be focused on sensitive urban populations and slum areas. Prioritising Open Defecation-Free (ODF) status in these areas is essential. Progress reports on departmental activities in sensitive areas and slum regions will be documented and monitored for physical progress.

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