Environmental sanitation should be made part of our culture, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

Infectious diseases can be kept at bay only if environmental hygiene is maintained and supply of safe drinking water to the people can be assured, the Chief Minister said, inaugurating a State-level meeting organised here on Wednesday in connection with the pre-monsoon cleaning and preventive health activities.

The meeting was chaired by Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar.

While the government was trying to tackle drought-related problems, in the long-term, planning was required to ensure that infectious diseases outbreaks were prevented in the monsoon season.