Fever control: more staff for civic bodies

Staff Reporter

Squads to monitor sanitation drive; public to be involved

Dumping garbage in public places to be punishable

Fogging operations to be intensified

Thiruvananthapuram: The Government will not let lack of staff hamper the efforts of civic bodies in combating viral fever, Minister for Local Administration Paloli Mohammed Kutty has said.

Temporary arrangements will be made to provide more staff to civic bodies, he told a meeting of the city corporation council here on Wednesday. Civic bodies must be more vigilant in combating viral fever and in ensuring total sanitation in the cities. Creating public awareness and engaging residents’ associations are essential to carry forward the campaign against viral fever and to ensure total sanitation, he added.

In his address Mayor C. Jayan Babu said the corporation intended to combine the anti-mosquito drive with the total sanitation programme. Stringent action would be taken against those who dump garbage in public places, he added.

Children’s role

Chairman of the health standing committee G. R. Anil said squads led by the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor, the corporation secretary and the health committee chairman will visit various areas in the city to supervise the implementation of the sanitation drive.

The health standing committee has proposed that every Sunday be observed as a dry day.

Schoolchildren, representatives of residents’ associations and members of youth organisations will form squads in each ward to trace places where mosquitoes are likely to breed and take remedial action. Each squad will be accompanied by a corporation official.

Health inspectors and junior health inspectors will visit each school and collect reports every Monday, Mr. Anil said.

In view of the dangers posed by water logging in vacant, walled-in plots of land in the city stringent action should be initiated in such cases under sections 417, 426, 427 and 430 of the Kerala Municipal Act. Fish that eat mosquito larvae will be introduced in public ponds.

If diseases spread by mosquitoes are reported from any part of the city immediate steps should be taken to carry out fogging there. Each JHI will be entrusted with the task of carrying out ‘larval checks’ in drainage canals in designated areas, he added.

Dumping garbage in public places to be punishable

Fogging operations to be intensified

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