Rs 8 cr allotted for mosquito control measures

Rs 8 cr allotted for mosquito control measures

Rs 8 cr allotted for mosquito control measures

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has set aside Rs eight crore for undertaking various mosquito-control measures, under the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) this year.

The programmes planned under the NVBDCP will be executed in a bid to control the vector-borne diseases, mainly dengue and chikungunya.

The Palike health department officers said that some of the ongoing activities such as spraying, fogging, power spray and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) programmes would be intensified in the next two months.

“Each ward is deployed with three to six spray-men and they will undertake fogging to destroy the breeding of dengue causing larvae at sensitive areas. Also, for the next five months, Temifas spray will be used at every required ward to kill the mosquito larvae. We have Anti-Larval Operation (ALO) gangmen, to keep tabs on the open breeding sources such as tanks, stormwater drains and open drains prone to mosquito menace. Up to Rs eight crore will be spent for the above activities, including public awareness programmes,” said Manoranjan Hegde, BBMP project co-ordinator for NVBDCP.

Audit committee

Hegde said the Dengue Death Audit Committee, set up by the Palike last year, would start working soon. The committee comprising a district surgeon, a microbiologist, a paediatrician, a physician and a chief health officer would obtain dengue-death reports from hospitals and will confirm whether a person died from dengue or any other infectious disease.

The Palike health department said the number of dengue and chikungunya cases reported in the last five months was less compared with the last year.

Dr Nayantara, Medical Officer of Health, BBMP Mosquito Control Division, said, “Last year, between January and May, 41 positive cases were reported. This time, we have received only 11 cases till May. This month, we have received two cases of dengue. But we are scared that the number of confirmed cases may rise from June to August, because in monsoon, there are more chances of outbreak of diseases.”

Those who want to register complaints related to dengue or mosquito menace in their respective localites can contact 080-22115439.