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AIIMS is dengue breeding ground?

delhi Updated: Aug 28, 2009 00:08 IST
Neelam Pandey

As if the swine flu scare was not enough, pockets of dengue-carrier mosquitoes are now threateniong the Capital. And these include the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Thursday issued legal notices to a number of hospitals, schools and government buildings for creating mosquitogenic conditions.

Officials said, Modern school, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Lady Hardinge College, Safdarjung hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Jam Nagar House, Udyog Bhawan, Kota house, Lady Irwin College, Nirman Bhawan, UPSC House at Shahjahan road have all been served a legal notice by the civic agency.

“Mosquitoes were even found breeding in the stagnant water of trays placed below the air conditioners where water from the AC is collected. It’s vital to check buildings for any containers, such as water coolers or overhead tanks that collect water. With the intermittent rains lashing the city we have also intensified our surveillance all the more,” said PK Sharma, Medical officer of Health, NDMC.

According to the civic body, upon spotting larvae, inspectors eliminate it and issue a notice to owners of the buildings. If buildings are found to be negligent again, their owners or caretakers can be prosecuted, said Sharma.

The civic agency had also directed government offices to appoint a nodal officer to take responsibility for preventing mosquito breeding. “The temperature is conducive for breeding, especially after the rains so special care is required,” Sharma added.

The buildings that have been served a notice by the civic agency can be fined upto Rs 500 too. However, if they continue to be negligent then a fine of Rs 20 per day can also be levied. Till date one person has died of dengue fever and four cases have been reported in the city so far. Last year, 203 malaria cases and 1,312 cases of dengue were reported as against 137 of malaria and 548 of dengue in 2007.

Sharma further added that coolers should be emptied and dried at least once a week. And for tanks where water cannot be changed so frequently, he recommends pouring two teaspoons of kerosene into the coolers once a week or placing temephoss granules in coolers once a fortnight.