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‘Close down labs, hospitals that do not report malaria cases’

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Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim has asked officials of the Mangalore City Corporation to be firm on hospitals and laboratories which do not report malaria cases.

He also directed the corporation to take effective action against construction agencies which fail to take anti-larval measures at sites.

At a meeting to review cases of malaria and dengue on Tuesday, activist Suresh Shetty said many medical institutions did not report malaria cases as they were not scared of action by the corporation.

The corporation had not been taking effective action against builders though construction sites were breeding centres of mosquitoes carrying dengue and malaria.

Corporation health officer Manjaiah Shetty said there were 27 laboratories and hospitals which had failed to report malaria cases.

Notices issued

“We have issued notices to them,” Dr. Shetty said. Mr. Ibrahim asked officials to be firm on such establishments. “This is a serious issue. You need to close them down and instil the fear of law.”

Mr. Ibrahim also asked the corporation to cancel licences of builders if they had not put in place anti-larval measures and ensured safety of labourers at construction sites.

B.G. Prakash, Joint Director (Malaria and Filaria) and S.K. Ghosh, senior scientist at Indian Council for Medical Research’s National Institute of Malaria Research, said anti-larval measures were not being done in a proper way at construction sites in the city, which was the reason for 70 per cent of malaria cases.

Dr. Prakash said spraying of chemicals to prevent breeding of mosquitoes had not been effective at construction sites. Dr. Prakash said, “I saw breeding of Anopheles (carriers of Malaria parasite) and Aedes (carriers Dengue virus) mosquitoes.”

Expressing concern over the reporting of malaria cases, Dr. Ghosh said the civic body had the powers to take punitive action against hospitals and institutes which fail to report malaria cases.

Dr. Prakash said he would sit with MCC officials to chalk out steps to address malaria, more so in seven wards of Mangalore which have been named as “high risk areas”, in September and October.

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