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Mosquito control: Corporation yet to receive master plan

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The Hindu      26.12.2014  

Mosquito control: Corporation yet to receive master plan

It was prepared over two years ago for the city

A comprehensive master plan prepared over two years ago by public health experts exclusively for Madurai city to control mosquito-borne diseases and reduce mosquito density is yet to reach the Corporation authorities.

The Centre for Research in Medical Entomology (CRME) here announced in Chennai in September 2011 that it would commission a city-specific scientific plan for Madurai after studying mosquito breeding patterns, areas, biting times and water storage practices among other things.

In 2012, its Director B.K. Tyagi told The Hindu that a preliminary demonstrable report was prepared after studying the landscape of the city and a 100-page mosquito control mission document would be submitted to the Corporation after getting a clearance from the scientific advisory committee of the CRME.

The report, “Master plan for mosquito control in Madurai,” is, however, yet to reach the Corporation .

Members of the CRME scientific advisory committee met here on December 23 and 24 to discuss projects and proposals but the master plan did not figure in the agenda.

Surprising delay

“We are surprised over the delay in submitting the crucial report to the Corporation. I don’t know where it got stuck and the available information is that the master plan for Madurai is still in circulation,” S. Elango, former Director of Public Health, a member of the advisory committee, said on Wednesday.

According to him, the document contains effective suggestions and solutions to the Corporation on tackling mosquitoes.

Dr. Tyagi earlier said that practical solutions were given based on historical evidence, waste disposal system, waste recycling, preventing water stagnation, topography, climate, ecological and biological aspects of mosquito-breeding here.

Everything ready

“We collated a lot of data on dengue and other vector-borne diseases. Drainage system too was studied. An analysis of staff availability in Corporation, fever reporting and surveillance mechanism was done before finalising the master plan,” Dr. Elango said.

The mosquito control mission document contains effective suggestions and solutions to the City Corporation on tackling the pressing problem


Civic bodies to place 8,000 new trash cans

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The Hindu         04.12.2014  

Civic bodies to place 8,000 new trash cans

One of the casualties of the 2008 serial blasts in the Capital — dustbins — will be making a comeback across city streets, markets and other busy spots.

The three municipal corporations of Delhi will be putting in place 8,000 new 100-litre bins across the city. Tenders for procuring the bins have been floated by the civic bodies and within a month the first batch will be installed.

The erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi had stopped installing bins after the blasts, some of which had been set off by bombs placed in dustbins. The police had raised security concerns while objecting to bins in crowded places.

But, after the Centre launched the Swachh Bharat initiative on October 2, there seems to have been a change in the policy. According to senior municipal officials, the Delhi Police have agreed to dustbins being placed, with the caveat that bins in densely crowded areas should be monitored.

North Delhi Municipal Corporation Commissioner Pravin Kumar Gupta said the police had asked the civic bodies to be “careful”, but had “not said no” to new bins.

“We haven’t put up bins for many years now due to objections from the police. But, now we are going ahead with procuring 100-litre stainless steel bins,” said Mr. Gupta.

The North Corporation invited bids for 2,000 stainless steel bins on November 17. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation will be procuring 4,000 bins and 2,000 will be bought by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, said the commissioner of the two bodies, Manish Gupta.

He said: “We will start putting up the first bunch of these bins in one month. We are working with market associations to devise a system for the clearing and maintenance of the bins.”


Corporation short of staff to check mosquito control activity

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The Hindu        04.12.2014     

Corporation short of staff to check mosquito control activity

Collector convenes meeting with health officials as dengue fever fear grips city

Even as dengue fever is posing a major challenge to health authorities, the Madurai Corporation is running short of health inspectors to oversee mosquito control activity.

In the absence of health inspectors, the corporation is left to depend only on sanitary workers.

The worst affected areas are the 28 wards added to the corporation three years ago.

Public health sources told The Hindu on Wednesday that the Madurai Corporation had made a request to the Health Department to depute its health inspectors for overseeing fogging and sanitation works in the added areas situated on the peripheries.

“Ever since the new wards came into being, the Health Department has been looking after only maternal and child health, leaving other areas to the corporation. Since we do not have health inspectors, there is no proper monitoring of mosquito control activity,” the officials said.

The corporation has its health staff only for the 72 old wards.

Heeding the corporation’s plea, the Health Department will deploy 15 health inspectors for corporation work and some more are expected to come on transfer from other places soon.

Meanwhile, the city is gripped with fear of dengue fever as health authorities have noted that positive cases increased in November. An emergency meeting was convened by Collector L. Subramanian on Wednesday with officials of public health, school education and corporation.

He, along with Corporation Commissioner C. Kathiravan, took stock of the fever prevalence and the measures to be undertaken for dengue control.

“We have been continuously holding meetings to control vector-borne and water-borne diseases. Instructions are given to local bodiesand all departments. But the field-level reality is that dengue prevention message has not percolated ,” the Collector observed at the meeting.

Mr. Subramanian assigned responsibility to each department while instructing them to work in coordination for effective results.

Schools will receive special priority during the anti-dengue drive.

Deputy Director of Health Services S. Senthilkumar will be the nodal officer and he will brief the Collector daily about fever cases and preventive steps carried out.

In rural areas, block development officers were asked to take up the responsibility of monitoring fever cases.


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