35 temporary health inspectors to monitor anti-dengue measures

A nominal penalty is levied on those piling up waste materials and scrap tyres, Collector Jayashree Muralidharan has said.

In a press release issued in Tiruchi on Wednesday, the Collector spoke about the anti-dengue measures being taken up in the district for the past several weeks.

A massive cleanliness campaign was taken up jointly by the health, revenue, education, and nutritious meal departments and all dengue-prone areas were cleared of waste materials. All overhead tanks were also chlorinated.

These measures have gone a long way in bringing down the incidence of the disease in the district in the past one month, she said.

However, a sustained inspection is being launched in the rural pockets in which health workers, revenue personnel, members of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, and members of self-help groups would monitor public health and destroy waste materials.

A nominal penalty has been imposed on those found piling up waste materials at private shops, public places and cinema halls. The Collector appealed to the members of the public to extend their cooperation to the drive.

Temporary appointment

She said that the district administration would immediately appoint on temporary basis, 35 health inspectors and seven taluk health supervisors to monitor anti-dengue programme in the rural areas. Retired health inspectors of the Health Department would be appointed in these posts on a contract basis. Interested persons could contact the Joint Director of Health and Family Services, immediately, she said.

Corporation’s efforts

V.P. Thandapani, Corporation Commissioner, said that 12 teams have been constituted for checking the incidence of dengue in the city. He has specifically advised those constructing new buildings to avoid keeping water in open drums and other materials.

The Corporation authorities would destroy such drums and would impose fine on such builders.