Intensive sanitation drive planned in Malappuram

Staff Reporter

Spraying of chemicals in all towns today

MALAPPURAM: The Health Department has planned an improved sanitation drive in the district amidst mounting fears about the spread of vector-borne diseases.

An intensive cleaning programme will be conducted on Friday and Saturday with special focus on primary health centres, public sector units and schools.

A team of experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research will visit the district on Friday to evaluate the health situation. The team will remain in the district for two days before proceeding to Kozhikode. District Medical Officer K.N. Dinesh said that no details of the team or of their itinerary were available.

A meeting of block-level health supervisors held here on Wednesday reviewed the health situation in the district. Dr. Dinesh, who chaired the meeting, said that the district was relatively unaffected. Only one case of dengue was reported from the district so far.

No case of chikungunya has been reported from Malappuram, said Dr. Dinesh. Schoolchildren and teachers will take a pledge to keep epidemics at bay on Monday. Health volunteers will visit homes and plantations on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of eradicating mosquitoes. On Thursday, spraying of chemicals will be conducted in all towns in the district to kill mosquitoes. Wells in schools and other public institutions will be chlorinated on Friday.

District Superintendent of Police P. Vijayan has chalked out a programme involving the policemen and women in the district to spread the awareness of hygiene and cleanliness. Special medical camps will be organised at different places.

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