Tuticorin: National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Plague Surveillance Unit, Bangalore, in association with Port Health Organization, Tuticorin, organised a training–cum– demonstration on prevention and control of rodent-borne diseases here on Wednesday.
Deputy Chairman of Tuticorin Port Trust A. Subbiah said the programme was aimed at raising awareness about the transmission of rodent-borne diseases and working on ways to control the intermingling and plague epidemic.
“TPT handles foodgrains of about 1.95 lakh tonnes of refined sugar and 1.15 lakh tonnes of maize and raw sugar on average every year. Therefore the necessity of taking precautionary measures and mounting surveillance on the port premises with the assistance of NICD arises where the shipment of food grains is a common phenomenon” Mr. Subbiah said. He spoke on how methodically the measures of controlling and the fumigation had to be taken to curb the propagation of harmful insects in the vicinity. Port Health Organisation would take care of surveillance, prevention and control of rodent borne diseases.
Dr. Shyamlal Biswas, Joint Director and Head, NICD, Plague Surveillance Unit, Bangalore, demonstrated the thrust area of plague to take precautionary measures. “Port Health Organization (PHO) is in the process of issuing Ship Sanitation Control and Control Exemption certificates which is valid for six months in all major ports in the world,” M. Maheswari, Port Health Officer, Tuticorin, said.
N. Balakrishnan, Deputy Director and Head, NICD, South India Branch, Coonoor, was also present.