Cleanliness drive launched

Staff Reporter

Councillors to convene meetings in residential colonies

Seven suspected cases of chikungunya

KOZHIKODE: The City Corporation has launched a cleanliness drive to prevent the spread of contagious diseases during monsoon. The State Health Department had earlier warned that north Kerala was prone to the spread of contagious diseases such as chikungunya. A month-long cleanliness drive under the aegis of the City Corporation began here on Sunday. Culverts and drains in all the wards would be desilted before the rain, Kozhikode Mayor M. Bhaskaran said.

Councillors have been given instructions to convene meetings and initiate the programmes. They will also monitor its implementation. U.T. Rajan, councillor of Eranhipalam, held a meeting at Jawahar Nagar on Sunday to discuss measures being taken to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. He had held a preliminary meeting last week.

The Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad has also launched programmes at the Palayam market as part of the cleanliness drive.

Mr. Bhaskaran said each ward would be sanctioned Rs.10,000 from the funds of the National Rural Health Mission for the purpose. Councillors have been asked to convene meetings in residential colonies to chalk out programmes.

Steps would be taken to chlorinate wells. The public have been cautioned against storing water in open cans. The district officials have reported about seven suspected cases of chikungunya at Maruthungara grama panchayat in the district.

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