In a bid to check rise in dengue cases in the state capital, the health department officials on Sunday began establishing region-wise dengue control rooms. The first control room has been established in Kolar area of the city.
Principal secretary (PS), health, Pravir Krishn along with teams of health department and BMC visited Kolar, Ambdekar Nagar and Abbas Nagar localities. They conducted door-to-door visits to check larvae growth.
"We have formed 12 teams to check larvae growth in houses. Each team included two multi-purpose workers, four workers of malaria control department and seven workers of BMC. Our team visited a total of 2,408 houses of Kolar on Sunday. Out of them, we found larvae of mosquitoes — responsible for dengue — in 482 houses," said chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Dr Pankaj Shukla.
The team checked about 23,830 containers out of which they found larvae in 668 containers. The BMC also called a meeting in the evening to review the survey jointly done by health department and BMC.
Health department has also appointed 900 accredited social health activists (ASHA) workers to check dengue cases in Bhopal. These ASHA workers will report to the control rooms immediately in case they identify suspected cases of dengue in the city.
Meanwhile, Pravir Krishn had to face protests by residents of Kolar during his visit. The residents were complaining about pathetic sanitation facilities in the area. Reacting to the complaint, the PS replied that he was not responsible for maintain sanitation, it was responsibility of BMC.