Staff Reporter

Thrissur: A preventive health programme will be launched in the district to tackle monsoon-related infectious diseases.

A meeting of local body authorities and health officials called by Revenue Minister K. P. Rajendran here recently decided to organise a week-long sanitation drive in the district.

The drive would be formally inaugurated by the Minister on Tuesday. It would focus on cleaning up of clogged drains and water bodies to avoid water-logging during the ensuing monsoon season. Public places, hospitals, anganwadis and market places also would be covered under the drive.

A two-month-long health vigilance programme would follow the sanitation drive. The Minister called for a combined initiative of various departments and local bodies to prevent monsoon-related diseases.

Though the National Rural Health Mission had allotted Rs. 10,000 to each ward for health works, many panchayats failed to utilise the fund, he pointed out.

District collector V. K. Baby asked the local bodies to focus on waste management along with sanitation works.

District Panchayat president Ambadi Venu, Health Standing Committee chairman P. R. Varghese, MLAs Rajaji Mathew Thomas and Babu M. Pallissery spoke at the function.

District Medical Officer V. Divakaran, National Rural Health Mission project officer G. Nandhini, District Sanitation Mission coordinator P. B. Babu Siyavuddin and others participated.