Correspondent

Major panchayats asked to purchase fogging machines

  • Five cases have so far been reported in East Godavari
  • Rs. 10 lakhs released for control of fevers

    Kakinada: East Godavari Collector M. Subrahmanyam has said that four dengue positive cases have so far been reported in the district.

    At a press conference here on Friday, he said a death reported from a corporate hospital in Rajahmundry was suspected to be of dengue.

    Special officer

    To combat the disease, `Operation dengue' was launched and a special officer was appointed for each mandal to take up steps on a war-footing. "Since fogging operations are vital in controlling mosquitoes, 275 major panchayats in the district have been asked to purchase fogging machines." He said the government had already released Rs.10 lakhs to the district for control of viral fevers and more funds would be released in the coming days.

    The Collector said the entire government machinery was geared up to meet the situation. Regarding the drainage problem facing by the Kakinada municipality on account of non-completion of the storm water drain, he said the government had released Rs.1 crore for flood control and these funds would be utilised for completion of the drain. Earlier, a rally was flagged off a rally to mark the launching of the `operation dengue'programme in the district.