Before the Games get underway, the MCD is taking all steps possible to ensure there is no dengue outbreak during the Games. For this, the MCD is planning to bring in 40 new portable fogging machines.
These machines are carried by workers to get rid of mosquitoes in different neighbourhoods in the city’s 12 MCD zones.
The nod to procure these new machines came at a meeting of the standing committee.
With these new machines, the MCD will now have 390 machines. Of these, 10 will be vehicular, which cost approximately Rs 50,000 each. The portable ones are cheaper at Rs 35,000.
The MCD wants to have at least two extra machines per zone as an emergency back-up. “This is crucial year for us due to the Games. Not all machines are always in working condition. Some back-up is needed,” said N K Yadav, medical health officer, MCD.
The civic body has 12 rapid response teams for each zone, and 3,200 domestic breeding checkers (DBCs) are already checking the city for mosquito breeding. “We are strict this time; about 20 of our DBCs were sacked last month for laxity,” said a senior MCD official.
Three hundred more DBCs will be recruited by June-end. “Considering that October is the season for Dengue and that’s the time when the Games are slated for, we need to be extra cautious,” he said.
All the labourers coming to work at the Games’ village and other sites in the city are screened for malaria and other vector-borne diseases. “We have 24-hour blood-screening units stationed at all construction sites, and the labourers are regularly monitored so that there’s no spread of diseases,” he said.