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Staff on poll duty,MCD’s anti-malaria exercise on hold

While the early onset of summer this year has brought the mosquito menace to the fore,with five malaria cases already reported in April,the MCD is yet to start spraying anti-larvae drugs in drains.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 6, 2009 1:22:51 am

While the early onset of summer this year has brought the mosquito menace to the fore,with five malaria cases already reported in April,the MCD is yet to start spraying anti-larvae drugs in drains. Reason: the civic body’s health department staff is on election duty.

Open drains are the incubators for mosquitoes in many parts of the Capital. In East Delhi,two large open drains cut across residential areas from Shahdara to Anand Vihar,and one runs parallel along the Yamuna till the Noida border.

A junior MCD official said fogging (spraying anti-larvae drug) is “on hold” as employees are busy on election duty. “We can’t do both jobs at the same time,” the official said.

But Health Committee chairperson V K Monga claimed spraying has started. “The spraying schedule stretches from the first week of May to June. Malaria occurs throughout the year,and incidents reported from the city (in April) are stray cases,” he said.

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