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Dengue prevention: Offenders allowing vector breeding points to be fined

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Jamshedpur, July 15: With dengue menace on the rise in the steel city, the district health department has asked civic bodies to spread greater awareness and to rope in utility company Jusco for carrying out dengue action plan jointly in the city afresh.

“Though the Jusco is also carrying out a routine exercise for checking the vector-borne diseases by creating awareness among the people living in the city and also carrying out anti-larval operation, it will be more effective if the drive is carried out jointly. We have decided make the utility company to press its resources in eliminating the dengue from the city,” said SK Jha civil surgeon.

The official also directed that a magistrate would be deputed with district health department’s surveillance team Dengue action plan drive for door-to-door scrutiny and destruction of containers which are potential Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae breeding point.

“ As per our plans the magistrate would be responsible to identify habitual offenders who have been warned by the health department officials and have vector breeding points destroyed during recent drive and imposing fine against them after destroying such points,” said the deputy commissioner after chairing a review meeting on dengue action plan of the district health department at the district collectorate this evening. The district administration will be chalking out rates of fines depending on the intensity of the offence soon.

The official 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.

As the disease has no established pattern of treatment, the people in the slum areas are weary of preventive measures being taken up in the face of the sprayed of dengue virus.

The civil surgeon asked the residents to form small groups themselves and make others aware as to how to keep the environment clean so that the mosquito-breeding can be curbed effectively.

“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 Jha.

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