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MCD to chalk out plan to combat diseases

india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 17:12 IST
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The Delhi Government has asked the MCD to chalk out an action plan that could holistically combat resurgence of the vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria in the national capital.

"We have asked the municipal corporation to come out with a comprehensive plan to tackle those vector-borne diseases which are raising their deadly head time to time in the city," Delhi Health Secretary DS Negi said.

He said that the need for a "holistic" strategy was felt after it was observed that diseases like dengue, kala-azar, chikungunya and malaria had become a common occurence in the capital, reoccuring after a certain gap with fatal results.

Delhi Government will fund the multi-pronged plan envisaging prevention, control, information dissemination and management of the identified diseases and to be implemented from the next year.

"We have asked the MCD to specify its need for technical and human power for the task. If required the Central government's help will also be taken for its implementation," said the secretary, adding that all civic agencies besides various departments like health and sanitation will form an integral part of the plan.

Negi ruled out the need for a separate virology laboratory in the capital where dengue has claimed 42 lives so far.

"National Vector Borne Disease Institute is there to serve the purpose," he said.

However, according to him, there was an urgent need for conducting indepth study on the virus causing the deadly diseases in view of mutation changes, making it immune to the pesticides.

"Countries like Cuba and Singapore have managed to curb the diseases after intensive researches in the field, but we are still lagging behind in this aspect," he said.

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