Staff Reporter

Corporation has earmarked Rs.35 lakh

Two Flood Squads and a Rapid Response Team in action

Enough medicines being stocked at health centres

Kozhikode: A sanitation drive launched by the City Corporation is going in full swing. The desilting of drains, plugging of toilet leaks, cutting of grass along roads, chlorination of wells and supply of mosquito nets have been progressing at a brisk pace.

A review of the work found that the cleaning efforts were inadequate in some areas. However, corporation officials were satisfied with the pace of the campaign, with five more days left for the June 10 deadline.

The corporation has formed two Flood Squads to tackle flooding through quick clearing of drains and a Rapid Response Team, led by the Health Supervisor and comprising doctors, nurses and pharmacists, to provide emergency medical care in case of the breakout of an epidemic.

Deputy Mayor P.T. Abdul Latheef said the corporation had earmarked Rs.35 lakh for sanitation work since March 31, of which Rs.18 lakh had been disbursed to all the wards. He said the corporation was well-prepared to meet the challenges posed by the monsoon.

‘90% work over’

Corporation standing committee on health chairman Kanangod Haridas said 90 per cent of the sanitation work was over in all wards. “We have recently purchased 19 bush-cutters for clearing grass besides two vans and 16 auto-rickshaws for transporting sludge from the desilted drains.”

The corporation has also undertaken extensive awareness campaigns this year by distributing one lakh notices.

Mr. Haridas said the four dispensaries and 26 RCH units under the corporation were stocked with enough medicines.

The Deputy Mayor thanked the residents associations, youth organisations and Kudumbasree units which had cooperated with corporation workers.

“We have provided all Kudumbasree workers with overcoats, raincoats, shoes and masks,” Mr. Latheef said.

Health Supervisor B. Soman, who heads the Rapid Response Team, said the corporation was prepared for any medical exigency.

“We conducted an awareness camp on Friday at the Government Higher Secondary School, Karaparambu, in which more than 1,500 students had participated,” he said.

On June 6, the Rapid Response Team would organise a medical camp at Virippil where some persons were reported to have contracted fever.

Corporation officials said the Public Works Department , which is in charge of drains along national highways, had not done desilting, causing water-logging at several places within the corporation limits.