Panchayat presidents say simple steps will create an impact

Conveying the message to keep the surroundings clean to the villagers in the district, a special gram sabha was held in all the village panchayats here on Monday.

In the wake of dengue outbreak, which has claimed about 15 lives in the district, with a high incidence rate being reported from Melur and neighbouring colonies, the district administration had planned to intensify the campaign by gathering public support in many ways.

The people, were asked to gather at the “chavadi” and community hall in all the 420 village panchayats in the presence of officials from the panchayat administration and local body elected representatives. Then the participants were told about the need to keep the surroundings clean to eliminate dengue.

Last week, when Principal Health and Family Welfare Secretary J. Radhakrishnan, was in the city, he had visited the dengue-hit hamlets. Later, he convened a meeting of all the elected panchayat representatives and an anti-dengue pledge to eradicate the disease was taken on the occasion. It was then decided to disseminate the message to the masses.

District Collector Anshul Mishra had announced that a special gram sabha meet would facilitate in bringing all stake holders under one-roof. It had also been planned to conduct a mass cleaning programme on Tuesday in all the village panchayats and other pockets, Assistant Director (Panchayat) Sugumaran said and added that pamphlets were distributed to the participants.

Many panchayat presidents said that simple steps would discourage mosquitoes from breeding in the locality. By avoiding storing water in an open container or water stagnation in a small area breeding of mosquitoes can be discourged. The villagers were also told to immediately go to a government hospital without delay in case of fever or other ailments. The Elisa test features were also highlighted during the meeting and they were advised to avoid visiting private doctors or hospitals.


In the city, the Corporation authorities carried out fogging in dengue-prone pockets as a preventive measure and appealed to the residents to destroy unused containers, which gives room for mosquitoes to turn them into breeding spots.

  • The meeting took place in 420 village panchayats in the presence of officials

  • Elisa test features were highlighted and villagers were advised to avoid visiting private doctors