Visakhapatnam

220 dengue cases reported in June

With more incidence of dengue in June itself, GVMC is on its toes taking a number of measures to prevent malaria and dengue.

According to Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan, 701 cases of dengue were reported in 2017 while in June 2018 alone 220 were reported probably due to early rains.

In 2017, 728 malaria cases were reported and up to June this year 158 while chikun gunya incidence was 52 and 14 respectively.

GVMC, along with District Malaria Department, launched surveillance measures by deploying around 500 seasonal field staff, the Commissioner told reporters. To effectively deal with mosquitoes, it acquired 20 power-blowers and another 20 would be added soon for spraying in houses. In addition to the two mega fogging machines earlier, two more were acquired. It already has sprayers and another 100 would also be used.

While active surveillance would be after a case of fever occurred, passive surveillance would be putting an end of mosquito menace even before incidence. For each ward a team would be constituted.

More importantly, to monitor the quality of surveillance a special officer would be appointed for every ward and zone, he said.

The Commissioner said kits for preliminary testing were available at the Chief Minister’s arogya kendras, primary and community health centres. For further treatment, they would be sent to District Malaria Unit and KGH (for dengue).

Those who felt that they needed more passive surveillance was required in their areas may contact the zone commissioner or assistant medical officer concerned, the Commissioner said. Doctors at the hospitals ought to be available both in morning and evening, he said.

As a part of information, education and communication, campaigns would be carried out among schoolchildren and utilising the network of self-help groups and ‘Sadhikaramitras.’

Issue of OC

Mr. Hari Narayanan said if there was any delay in issue of occupancy certificate for buildings, the builders should contact the Chief City Planner. For those who had obtained building plan online, OC will be issued online. So far of the 86 issued online, 60 were disposed.

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