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Local bodies told to regularly take up chlorination of water tanks

P. Sankar, Collector, addressing a consultative meeting of local body chiefs and local body officials at the Collectorate in Vellore on Tuesday.— Photo: D. GOPALAKRISHNAN
P. Sankar, Collector, addressing a consultative meeting of local body chiefs and local body officials at the Collectorate in Vellore on Tuesday.— Photo: D. GOPALAKRISHNAN

Panchayat unions have been asked by the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine to take up mass cleaning and chlorination of drinking water tanks, and vector eradication every month to prevent the outbreak of water-borne and vector-borne diseases.

Participating in a consultation meeting of panchayat union chairpersons and officials and panchayat development officials on prevention of water-borne and vector-borne diseases at the Collectorate here on Tuesday, A. Somasundaram, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore, explained the methods of mixing chlorine with well water and water in drinking water tanks. He said that four gm of bleaching powder should be added to 1,000 litres of water for chlorination purpose. Bleaching power should be kept away from sunlight to be effective. Chlorination should be done on a regular basis irrespective of whether there is an epidemic or not. Typhoid and jaundice could also be prevented if chlorination is done regularly, he said.

Public Health Department has been undertaking intensive mosquito-eradication measures in Vellore district for the last four months. Adequate stocks of oral rehydration salt were available at public health centres and health sub-centres. Mr. Somasundaram told the panchayat union chairpersons to know the phone numbers of block medical officers and health inspectors and contact them in times of need.

On complaints of dog menace in Arakkonam, P. Sankar, Collector of Vellore, said that birth control measures have to be taken to prevent the menace. On complaints of pig menace, he said that in case of specific complaints, orders would be issued under Section 133 of the Code of Criminal Procedure requiring the owner of the animals to dispose of or confine the animals which caused health hazards to the public. As regards stray cattle menace, he said owners of the cattle should be asked to prevent the straying of animals.

When a representative of Arcot panchayat union complained that the presence of an Indian Made Foreign Liquor shop located near a school and a bus stand in Vilapakkam caused nuisance to the public, the Collector said that if a written petition is given, he would direct the district manager of TASMAC to take action to shift the shop from there.

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