The council of Mangalore City Corporation in its meeting on Saturday approved a proposal of appointing 79 health workers for health management.

The corporation would outsource the health workers on contract basis for a year from Premier Security Services, Mangalore, whose bid of Rs. 5.84 lakh a month (Rs. 70.16 lakh per annum) secured the corporation nod.

An agenda note said the agency had quoted the lowest bid in response to the civic body’s call on May 23, 2012 when compared to the remaining four bidders.

The agenda said that health workers were needed to control malaria cases which were on the rise in the corporation limits. MCC Commissioner Harish Kumar K. told the council that the health section was facing acute shortage of staff.

The corporation did not have a permanent health officer. With the present strength of health inspectors and health workers it was not possible to control epidemics. The government has asked the corporation to appoint retired health officials for its health management. But retired persons were not coming forward to take up the assignment. Mr. Kumar said that malaria was spreading due to water stagnation in many under-construction buildings. Many hotels had not maintained proper cleanliness. More health workers were required for effective health management.

Health Officer in-charge at the corporation Sudarshan C. M. said that 550 malaria cases had been reported in the city in May. Among these, 30 cases were falciparum malaria (serious cases). He said of the 31 dengue cases reported in the city from January to May one patient had died.

Building bylaws

The council resolved to constitute a committee comprising officials, councillors and experts to revise the building by-laws in accordance with the Master Plan II for Mangalore Local Planning Area. The committee would .

The council agreed take possession of a 2.80 km-long road between Mahaveera Circle and Padil (NH 48) from Mangalore Division of State National Highways. The agenda note said that though the division wanted to hand over this stretch to the corporation much earlier but the civic body had asked it to asphalt the stretch and then hand it over. As the stretch had been asphalted now the highway authorities wanted to hand it over.

Mayor Gulzar Banu presided over the meeting.

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