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Health dept declares war on dengue

Plans drive to wipe out mosquito breeding sites

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
November 9, 2014 12:02:43 pm
Water in discarded tyres and water stored in open buckets and utensils can breed dengue mosquito. Water in discarded tyres and water stored in open buckets and utensils can breed dengue mosquito.

The state health department has docked the Swachh Bharat Campaign with its mission to wipe out mosquitoes and is targeting the dengue vector on priority. A drive has been planned across the state from November 14-19, to wipe out vector breeding sites. Dengue vector tops the list, with state having reported 5,300 cases and 31 deaths. Principal Secretary (Health) Sujata Saunik took stock of the situation in a meeting in Pune on Saturday.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked the health department to include celebrities in the campaign to create awareness about dengue prevention and control.

“We have roped in Marathi actor and comedian Makarand Anaspure  who has been named brand ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in Maharashtra, to talk about dengue. In his inimitable style, he talks about the importance of personal hygiene, dengue and keeping the surroundings clean in a one-minute clip aired on Doordarshan,” Dr Kanchan Jagtap, joint director of health said.

In a meeting at the new administrative building, attended by municipal commissioners from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporations, Zilla Parishad chiefs and deputy director of health, apart from other officials, Saunik said that dengue surveillance needs to be intensified. She exhorted the officials of the corporations to ensure a cleaner and effective sanitation programme.

“It is a lot more difficult to wipe out breeding spots of dengue causing vector aedes aegypti in urban than rural areas and an effective programme is required. It has to wipe out breeding at the source and as part of the PM’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the health department will join hands with the revenue department and urban development department, and involve nurses, multi-purpose workers school students and others in the cleanliness drive. Anganwadi workers will be involved at the village level,” officials said.

Health officials said people must destroy mosquito breeding spots near their residences. And in case someone suffers from fever, a dengue test should be done at a civic hospital. There is no need to panic, officials said.

Dr H H Chavan, Deputy Director, Pune Circle, said surveillance on the disease will be intensified as an increase in vector density has been reported. In Pune according to Pune Municipal Corporation health officials, there have been around five to six confirmed deaths. Four deaths from suspected dengue are reported to be under review and will be discussed by the audit committee on Monday.

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