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Updated: September 26, 2013 09:45 IST

Corporation reports fall in dengue cases in city

Karthik Madhavan
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The drop comes after civic body took steps to reduce mosquito breeding sources

In August and September (till 25th) the Corporation has seen a reduction in the number of dengue cases.

According to Corporation Commissioner G. Latha, the fall comes even after the civic body had initiated measures to ensure that no dengue case goes unreported. And also after the Corporation had taken steps to reduce mosquito breeding sources, appointed workers on contract to do the work and worked extensively in high-risk areas.

In July, the Corporation prepared a micro plan to ensure that workers engaged for fogging, spraying of Bacillus thuringiensis and using abate followed a timetable, executed the work and received acknowledgement for the same from the residents. And the civic body had taken on contract 40 workers, eight each a zone. The eight workers in each zone functioned as a team, visited a ward a day and carried out the aforementioned operations. They also obtained the residents’ signatures as a proof of their carrying out the work. And while obtaining the signatures the workers also obtained the mobile phone numbers, which the sanitary inspectors, zonal sanitary officers and other senior officials used for verification.

The team also carried out source reduction operations like removing coconut shells, unused tyres, plastic containers, etc. that stored water for mosquitoes to breed. Door-to-door campaigns were also conducted to create awareness among the public.

Ms. Latha said that the action the Corporation had taken had ensured that there were no new cases from the high-risk areas (see graphic).

The Corporation did not stop with that, though. It had also engaged multipurpose health workers from the office of the Deputy Director of Health Services to carryout source reduction operations. Plus, with the help of District Entomologist, the Corporation had also conducted training for its workers. It has planned to engage National Service Scheme volunteers to carry out awareness drive and had arranged for display of slides in cinemas.

Ms. Latha said that the Corporation had also constituted teams to tackle medical emergencies and address issues that follows monsoon.

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