Anti-mosquito drive to check dengue

Municipal commissioner Bikash Ranjan Mohapatra during inspection of a soft drink factory at the Jagatpur industrial estate. Picture by Badrika Nath Das

Cuttack: The civic body has launched a mosquito-repelling drive to check the spread of dengue in and around the city.

Commissioner of Cuttack Municipal Corporation Bikash Ranjan Mohapatra told The Telegraph on Tuesday that they would primarily focus on areas from where dengue cases were reported in the past fortnight.

"The drive will subsequently be extended to all wards giving special focus to areas from where dengue cases were reported in the past," Bikash Ranjan said.

The season's first dengue case was reported from Tulasipur on July 27. Seven more cases have since been reported from Jagatpur, Bidanasi, and Bidyadharpur.

As four of the eight cases had been reported from Jagatpur, the civic body has started intensive bush cutting drive, drainage channel blockage clearance and sanitation drive at the industrial estate there.

"Inspection of various areas inside the Jagatpur Industrial Estate, including premises of units, is being done to check accumulation of rainwater," Bikash Ranjan said.

After a spot visit to the industrial estate on Monday, Cuttack collector Sushant Mohapatra followed up with a review meeting on steps being taken to prevent dengue from spreading.

Lack of proper drainage channels results in waterlogging inside the industrial estate following spells of heavy rain. The dengue outbreak has been attributed to poor hygiene and sanitation and accumulation of rainwater that turns into breeding grounds of larvae of dengue virus carrying aedes mosquito.

Chairman of CMC's standing committee for health Ranjan Kumar Biswal said spraying of larvicide oil in the drains and areas prone to mosquito breeding was being done intensely. "If weather permits, mosquito repellent fogging drives will be conducted in all areas," Biswal said.

"We are trying to ensure that there are no blockages in drainage channels owing to the ongoing construction work for the Japan International Cooperation Agency-funded integrated sanitation project," he added.

Apart from Jagatpur, Tulasipur, Bidanasi and Bidyadharpur, from where dengue cases had been reported so far, the civic body is giving special attention to Thoriasahi, Kesarpur, Gamhandia, Malasahi, Mangalabag. Santasahi, Rausapatna, Bhagatpur areas, from where dengue cases are being reported every monsoon.


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