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'City not prepared to fight mosquitoes'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 27, 2013
First Published: 00:16 IST(27/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:17 IST(27/4/2013)

Most developed residential colonies in Delhi-NCR region are not prepared to fight mosquito menace even though civic bodies claim they are spreading awareness among residents to combat vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue.

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This was revealed in a survey conducted in 321 colonies to check the preparedness of RWAs to fight mosquito breeding. The survey - which gathered details of the initiatives taken to prevent mosquito breeding and fight vector-borne diseases - was conducted in areas such as Rohini, IP Extension, Kalkaji, Vasant Kunj, Alaknanda, Hauz Khas, RK Puram, Dwarka, Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon, among others.

According to the findings, 57% of the colonies are yet to ascertain their preparedness to fight mosquito menace. Of the remaining that have got their self-assessment and colony inspection done, 66 RWAs have filed information that is far divorced from the ground realities found during site inspection and verification.

The survey revealed that the RWAs were ill-prepared. They were not clear about where they stood in terms of their preparedness to fight mosquito menace.

Only 70 RWAs were found to be aware of the menace and have worked towards improving the condition in their colonies. But even within these RWAs, 69% have open dustbins, 25% don't maintain gardens in their areas on a weekly basis and 19% colonies have open sewers and drains.

The result of the month-long survey - conducted by healthcare product company Dabur in partnership with Fortis Healthcare - will be submitted to the three municipal corporations in Delhi for action.

According to the civic bodies, all necessary measures are taken round the year to combat mosquito menace. "We put up hoardings to spread the message across. Colony visits are conducted to check domestic breeding. Legal notices are served to houses which have unhygienic condition," said a senior official of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.


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