The teams will visit houses in all the 100 wards from November 1

From first week of November, 5,000 health squads of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation will begin house visits in all the 100 wards with a view to detect and destroy breeding places of mosquitoes.

This initiative is part of a larger drive by the civic body for preventing the outbreak of dengue during the monsoon season.

Decision at a meeting

Mayor K. Chandrika told The Hindu here on Friday that this was among the decisions taken at a meeting of health inspectors held during the day.

“There would be 50 squads for each ward comprising volunteers from the Kudumbasree, Asha workers and from residents associations. They will visit each house in the ward to spread the message of dengue prevention. They will advise house owners how to prevent their homes from becoming vector breeding points. They will eliminate any such source found in a home and advise the person concerned how to maintain a certain level of hygiene in the home,” she explained.

On Saturday Ms. Chandrika is scheduled to meet representatives of builders and traders in the city.

At this meeting, corporation officials would seek to impress upon builders and traders the need to ensure that construction sites and shops offer zero scope for vector breeding.

This meeting has been organised against the backdrop of information reaching the Corporation that several construction sites have turned breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Plastic collection

The city Corporation has also set November 1 as its deadline for the resumption of plastic collection from homes.

According to Ms. Chandrika, the Kudumbasree, which is doing a survey in the city on the demand for such a service, has been asked to turn in its report by Friday next.

“Right now we are collecting plastic only from Palayam. Once the Kudumbasree comes back to us with their findings, we will get an idea about the quantity of plastic that we can collect in day,” the Mayor said.

Vilappilsala

In reply to a question Ms. Chandrika said the Corporation would, along with filing a counter-affidavit in the High Court against the government’s position on the Vilappilsala plant, also write a letter to the government listing out the problems and challenges the civic body faces on the garbage front.