The Chennai Corporation will intensify a mass cleaning programme in various localities to tackle the problem of diarrhoeal cases in the city.

Following an emergency meeting of senior officials on Monday, civic body officials at the zonal level have been asked to intensify the housefly control programme in the city. Teams of civic body officials in association with other agencies such as Metrowater will start monitoring water contamination at the street-level. Officials will also intensify action against unauthorised eateries selling unhygienic food.

Ten days after Mayor Saidai S.Duraisamy launched a housefly control programme, the city continues to grapple with housefly menace. Concerned about the increasing numbers in many localities, the civic body formed a group of 600 personnel which has been found to be inadequate to cope with housefly menace in the city.

Many affected areas are yet to see the impact of the housefly control programme as it focuses only on garbage generated in areas such as Koyambedu market and similar spots. Decaying material in market areas had led to a considerable rise in the number of houseflies in and around habitations in such localities. The civic body’s mass cleaning programme is expected to cover areas so far untouched. Mass cleaning in other smaller market areas such as Aminjikarai will be intensified by the Chennai Corporation as new diarrhoeal cases have been reported from such areas on Monday.

The civic body will also spray pesticides two times a day in areas with a high prevalence of houseflies to prevent diseases such as cholera, dysentery and other diseases caused by houseflies

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Civic issues & HealthMay 14, 2012