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SMC panel to fight dengue

Siliguri, Sept. 4: The Siliguri mayo Gangotri Datta has formed a committee of two members-mayor-in-council to supervise the drive against dengue in all 47 wards of the civic body.

The mayor formed the committee at a meeting held with NGOs and owners of private nursing homes in and around Siliguri here yesterday.

“The NGOs have been instructed to conduct awareness campaigns in different wards. They can conduct door-to-door campaigns and distribute leaflets to inform people about the vector-borne diseases, including dengue, and the precautions against the ailments. A committee comprising Swapan Chanda, MMIC conservancy, and Sanjay Pathak, MMIC slum development, will monitor the NGOs as well as the dengue situation in different wards,” said Datta.

“Private hospitals have been asked to report regularly to the SMC and district health officials about the patients admitted with dengue and the treatment given to them.”

The district health officials said 86 cases of dengue had been reported from the 47 wards in the past one month.

“Altogether, there were 86 confirmed cases of dengue reported from the 47 SMC wards in the past one month. Of the 86 cases, 52 were reported from 14 added wards (that fall under Jalpaiguri district) and 34 cases from the 33 wards in Siliguri. We have been holding fever surveys and organising awareness drives on prevention of vector-borne diseases for the past three months,” said Subir Bhowmik, the district chief medical officer health, Darjeeling.

Five health officials have been deputed to visit different areas in the district and monitor any fever cases that have been reported. “They will see to it that those suffering from fever are admitted to hospitals, proper tests are conducted and treatment is given to the patients,” said Bhowmik.

Yesterday, the health department conducted a workshop to teach ward masters (conservancy workers) of the SMC how to fight dengue by ensuring cleanliness.