If you are a resident of Sirsa district in Haryana and the district administration spots a mosquito or its larvae at your premises,you can be fined between Rs 500 to Rs 2,000.
Instructions in this regard was issued by Sirsa Deputy Commissioner J Ganesan on Monday.
The instructions were issued to health department officials during a meeting of district-level malaria working committee.
The committee members are now expected to look for mosquitoes and its larvae in their respective areas.
To begin with,health department officials have been asked to get in touch with municipal corporation officials and get anti-mosquito larvae medicines sprayed across Sirsa city. There are over 20 villages in Sirsa,which have been identified as high risk zones when it came to malaria.
Till April end,the department have analysed over 37,000 blood samples for malaria,out of which,48 patients were diagnosed with the disease.
Ganesan told The Indian Express,To eradicate malaria in the district,around 240 fever treatment depots (FTD) have been set up. Various Anganwadi,Asha workers and health department officials have been deployed there to collect blood samples and then send these to laboratories for analysis. We are also going to set up such FTDs in government schools across the district so that if a child falls sick,his blood samples can be obtained and then analysed. Samples of an ailing child can give better results.
I have also issued instructions that adequate steps be taken to curb breeding of mosquitoes. I have asked officials to crack the whip,if people do not listen. Under the municipal bylaws,a sanitary inspector of municipal committee and the district malaria officer is empowered to impose a fine up to Rs 2,000 in such cases, he added.
I have given instructions to officials to exercise their powers and start fining people. The officers will look for stagnant water,mosquitoes and its larvae and then issue challans to people,imposing fines ranging between Rs 500 to Rs 2,000, Ganesan said.