Jamshedpur, May 16 : In view of upcoming Monsoon season, the district administration met to chalk out action plan for dengue prevention. The occasion was World Dengue Prevention Day. A function was organised at Bengal Club with different stake holders.
DC Amit Kumar said drawing lessons from the past they have started to focus on preventive measures to be taken to stop spreading of diseases like dengue fever in the district much before. The function which was attended by officials of health department along with corporate houses focused on developing action plan to deal with the situation. He said that the administration will launch a special drive to create awareness on dengue and the Health Department will monitor the onset of the disease.
He said the disease was preventable if one could escape mosquito bites and urged the people to adopt precautionary measures such as use of mosquito nets, fully covering the body with clothes, and use of mosquito repellents.
The department which earlier used to only spray larvicidal apart from undertaking cleanliness exercise will be opting for destroying unused containers (identified vector breeding centers) in the affected areas and educating people on not allowing water to stagnate in residential areas.
“As per latest directive we have asked our men to carry out fogging exercise in the affected areas of Sakchi, Jugsalai and Mango with focus on identifying and destroying unused containers storing waters in houses and localities and educating locals about steps to prevent breeding of dengue vectors,” said an official.
This exercise would be held simultaneously with routine methods of spraying larvicidal in the area.
“We need to understand that mosquitoes that carry the virus of dengue do not come from outside, rather they generate from the household things like flower-pots, coolers water, rejected tyre kept on the roof top or in the corner of the garden. So we must ensure that there is no such place where water is stagnant for sometime,” said an official.
According to experts the unattended filth and garbage spread all over are some of the major reasons that have led to the breeding of mosquitoes. In most cases, the garbage and waste is overflowing for days as the concerned staff do not bother to remove it through the waste lifters. Areas like Jugsalai, Baghbera, Pursudih, Marine Drive, Sundernagar are worst hit.