Dengue notice to colleges

The higher education department has asked the heads of all colleges to take measures to keep their campuses clean and to teach the students how to prevent dengue and chikungunya.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 15.09.18
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Salt Lake: The higher education department has asked the heads of all colleges to take measures to keep their campuses clean and to teach the students how to prevent dengue and chikungunya.

A notice issued by the department on Friday directs the colleges to take immediate "measures against dengue and chikungunya". The measures are to be taken in accordance with the the guidelines of the directorate of health services.

The move reflects the government's concern over the spread of the mosquito-borne diseases in the wake of reports that several hundred people in the city and its adjoining areas have been infected with the dengue virus since July.

Every college has been directed to treat the notice as "extremely urgent" and submit a report to the department within 15 days detailing the action taken to fight the sting menace.

At least nine people have died of dengue in the city and its adjoining areas. Three of the victims were children - all 10-year olds.

The notice lists the steps the colleges are required to take.

Each institute has to distribute awareness leaflets to the students, clean the campuses/premises before the commencement of class after a long vacation, circulate education and communication (IEC) materials provided by the health and family welfare department among the students and involve NSS volunteers in spreading awareness on how to prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne diseases.

The IEC materials describe in detail the symptoms of dengue and the breeding, feeding and resting habits of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads the dengue virus.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito breeds in clear, stagnant water. Even a spoonful of water is enough for the mosquito to lay eggs.

This is the second time this year the government has issued a notice to the colleges asking them to keep their premises clean and cautioning them against the spread of dengue. The first was issued in March.

Sting kills one in Liluah

A 53-year-old man from Liluah who had tested positive for dengue died at TL Jaiswal Hospital on Friday.

The death certificate mentions that Uttam Barui’s NS1 test report was positive. A positive NS1 test is indicative of dengue. “We have to look at other test results to confirm whether the death was caused by dengue,” said Bhabani Das, chief medical officer of health, Howrah Municipal Corporation.

Barui had been admitted to Sramajibi Hospital in Belur with fever a week ago. He was discharged after a few days. On Wednesday, he had to be admitted to TL Jaiwal Hospital, where he died at 4am on Friday.