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Govt hospitals challaned for mosquito breeding

North civic body said 45 challans were issued to govt offices, leading private schools in city.

Even the civic centre has been issued a challan for breeding of mosquitoes. (Source: Express archive)
Even the civic centre has been issued a challan for breeding of mosquitoes. (Source: Express archive)

Challans have been issued to leading government hospitals in Central Delhi and government offices for mosquito breeding spots identified by the North Municipal Corporation officials, during screenings exercises conducted to control dengue and malaria.

North corporation confirmed that a total of 45 challans had been issued. The challans were issued to 17 spots in the city zone, 11 in Civil Lines, four in Karol Bagh and five in Rohini.

Among the offices issued a challan is D block in the civic centre building, which houses the headquarters of the North and South Municipal Corporations, officials of the North corporation said.

Meanwhile, municipal authorities have also confirmed that senior officials of Lok Nayak and G B Pant hospitals have been issued challans after breeding spots were identified inside the hospital complex.

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MTNL offices in Sindhora Kalan and JLN block, MCD schools on Ranjeet Road and DDU Marg, PWD office in Gulabi Bagh, and the DTC depot in Naraina were some of the other offices that were fined for having mosquito breeding spots. Leading private schools in North Delhi were also fined for mosquito breeding spots being found in their premises, officials said.”

“Most of our activity to check mosquito breeding has been concentrated in residential areas so many of these official buildings, where construction happens routinely, have been missed. We hope this drive will encourage officials to check mosquito breeding in their areas as this is the most important step towards preventing mosquito-borne diseases,” a senior health official from North corporation said.

This year, dengue and malaria have been relatively in check, which experts attribute largely to less rainfall and the cycles of the respective diseases.

Municipal corporation officials have been stressing on mosquito control activities to ensure the mosquito-borne diseases remain under control.