BBMP gears up to face dengue

Directs health officers to be on toes

The BBMP Commissioner, Siddaiah has directed the health inspectors to be in constant touch with the local BWSSB engineers to ascertain the rising number of breeding grounds for mosquitoes. “The health inspectors have been asked to ensure that water leakage spots and sanitary pipe breakage are brought to the notice of the BWSSB engineers,” said a Palike official.

However, BWSSB officials say that they are yet to receive any intimation from the BBMP.
Sale of tender coconuts

The Palike has also asked its health inspectors to take a closer look at sale of tender coconuts in the City. Dumping of empty kernels is a common sight in places where tender coconut is sold on road sides. These places become good breeding ground for mosquitoes. Palike officials have been asked to identify these places and ensure that the kernels are cleared immediately.

A BBMP statement released on Thursday said precautionary measures are being taken in slums and insecticides are being sprayed in mosquito breeding areas. Fogging and destroying of mosquito larvae production places have also commenced. BBMP men have been visiting each and every house, it said.

Awareness programmes and health check up camps are being conducted by involving councillors, leaders and local organisations, it said.

Private hospitals

The BBMP has also directed private hospitals to extend immediate treatment to those who get admitted with fever. They have been asked to send blood samples to the National Institute of Virology, if cases of dengue are noticed during examination of patients.
If the report from the institute confirms dengue, the hospitals have been asked to provide necessary treatment immediately. The BBMP has asked the hospitals and the institutes to submit daily reports to BBMP in this regard.  
The Palike has quoted the NIV report that there were 47 cases of dengue in July last year. “Till now in July, only 18 cases have been reported,” says a Palike report.
People can contact 22660000 to register their complaints with regard to dengue related issues. The registered complaints will then be passed on to the Health Officer concerned. He will in turn take steps to spray insecticides and fogging and control the spread of disease.
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