NDMC gears up to face dengue threat

NDMC gears up to face dengue threat

Plans to bring down mosquito breeding

Having sent over 200 notices to government hospitals and buildings for mosquitogenic conditions in the past two months, the NDMC’s health department will educate all the stakeholders on how to minimise mosquito breeding on their premises in a joint meeting on May 4.

This comes after the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) last year had found it difficult to control mosquito breeding in its jurisdiction.

In 2015, the council had taken action against major hospitals, government buildings and even sent notices to the Rashtrapati Bhavan after heavy mosquito breeding was found in those premises.

The council’s focus this year is to boost the educational activities so that buildings in its jurisdiction have fewer incidence of mosquito breeding.

Letters to hospitals
“We have written to the sanitation department at Rashtrapati Bhavan, four major hospitals in our area – RML Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Safdarjung Hospital and AIIMS, all state guesthouses, ministry buildings like Shastri Bhawan and engineers from the CPWD (Central Public Works Department) to attend the meet.

“All the stakeholders will be sensitised on how to check mosquito breeding well ahead of the dengue season. This is to ensure that the sanitation and engineering departments take proactive steps to maintain high sanitation level. It becomes impossible for the council’s health department alone to bring down dengue cases if the stakeholders do respond well,” said a senior NDMC official, Health Department.
“Following the sensitisation, if mosquitogenic conditions still prevail on the premises, they will be pensalised,” the official added.

The civic body has also requested the embassies to participate in the programme
as last year the council had found heavy breeding in several embassy premises, said the official.

In the past two months, the council has sent 212 notices to hospitals and buildings, including, Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), Safdarjung Hospital, AIIMS, RML, Red Cross Society, UCO Bank and Sanchar Bhawan.

Penalised
“Three government buildings have already been challaned. These are Akashwani Bhawan, National Art Gallery Museum and Shivaji Stadium. Challans are issued when no action is taken by the department in the next 24 hours to resolve the issue of breeding in their premises,” said an inspector, NDMC’s health department.

The council has called public experts from LHMC, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) for sensitising the different departments.

The NDMC had issued 265 challans and 3,965 notices last year against hospitals and buildings for mosquito breeding.   

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