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Intensive anti-mosquito fogging operation launched by civic body

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Focus on bus stands, markets, places of public congregation

Clearance drive:A Corporation worker carrying out anti-mosquito fogging in the city on Thursday.
Clearance drive:A Corporation worker carrying out anti-mosquito fogging in the city on Thursday.

: The Tiruchi Corporation on Thursday launched an intensive anti-mosquito fogging and bio-larvicide spraying operation in the city as part of the preventive measures to check the spread of dengue fever.

“We have been carrying out the measures at the ward level already and under the latest drive the concentration is on public places such as bus stands, markets and other places of public congregation. The measures will also be intensified at the ward level,” Corporation Commissioner V.P.Thandapani told The Hindu . The drive would be a continuous measure in the coming months, he said.

Corporation officials said the drive included anti-larvae measures through application of abate solution in water containers, spraying or mixing of bio-larvicide in drainages and other places where with stagnant water. This apart, fogging is done to control adult mosquitoes.

City Health Officer K.C.Cheran said Corporation sanitary workers were conducting the operation. About 40 big fogging machines and 30 portable ones are being used.

Mr.Thandapani also said the Corporation has mounted surveillance on fever cases.

A senior entomologist has been assigned exclusively for the purpose and was engaged in surveillance at households in vulnerable areas.

Dr.Cheran said all private hospitals in the city have also been asked to report to the CHO about cases of fever persisting for over five days.

In a press release, Mr.Thandapani appealed to the city residents to clean their water containers and tanks every three days using bleaching powder.

All drinking water containers should be kept closed, he said, and appealed to the residents to extend their cooperation to the Corporation workers in carrying out fogging and bio-larvicide spraying operation.

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