‘High risk zones’ to be checked for water-borne diseases

Water-logging points at arterial roads identified
Ministers ask officials to take up awareness drive

HYDERABAD: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has woken up to the challenge of ‘water borne diseases’ in ‘high risk zones’ of the twin cities during monsoon. Officials of GHMC have been instructed to intensify sanitation drive to fight dengue, chikungunya and malaria.

Medical officers of the GHMC have conducted special medical camps at Alluri Sitaramraju Nagar, Heera Nagar and Deshmukh Bagh behind Tallagadda area of Mehdipatnam.

Such camps are also being conducted at Afzal Sagar, Karmika Nagar, Gowlipura, Rasoolpura, Parvathi Nagar, Shalivahana Nagar, Maktha and Hafeez Baba Nagar.

Special Commissioner, GHMC, C.V.S.K. Sharma, has said that a mechanism is already in place to collect information of cases being reported to hospitals.

Patient information from private hospitals is also being collected, he said.

The Special Commissioner was briefing on these measures to Minister for Municipal Administration K. Ranga Rao, Hyderabad in-charge Minister Md. Shabbir Ali and Minister for BC Welfare M. Mukesh who reviewed the measures taken by the GHMC to fight communicable diseases on Saturday.

Mr. Sharma said that 900 personnel from GHMC were involved in the sanitation drive and they had identified 40 ‘high risk zones’, which are traditionally sources for mosquito breeding.

To further strengthen anti-larval measures, 20 fogging machines have been purchased and 30 more have been ordered.

Review meeting

In the review meeting, Mr. Sharma said that people living in low-lying areas had been alerted in case there was a need to shift if rained heavily.

Water-logging points at all major arterial roads have been identified.

GHMC officials were also told to take up awareness drive against water-borne diseases in city slums.