THE EFFORTS of district administration to fight the mosquito menace got a major boost today with 100 NCC cadets set to join hands to carry out the IEC (information, education and communication) campaign in wake of the widespread fear about dengue and other viral fevers in the City.
Aware that the field staff available was insufficient due to the vast population and area of the City, the administration has decided to involve as many persons as possible from various fields, thus the involvement of NCC cadets.
According to coordinator of the Urban Health Plan Dr Gagan Gupta, “These students would be trained and sent out to the field. They would spread awareness about viral fever and other diseases and carry out extensive IEC campaign in slum areas.”
“Nearly 100 NCC cadets would be roped in by the administration for a week initially to spread awareness, particularly in slum areas,” NCC Commandant Officer 9th MP Battalion Arun Shrivastava said here on Monday.
The NCC cadets drawn from secondary and higher secondary schools and colleges would undergo a short training and orientation on Tuesday after which they would be sent to the field to carry out the campaign. Government doctors would guide them during the training for around two hours. “Then, they would be sent out in batches of three,” Shrivastava said, adding that 12 NCC personnel would accompany the students.
“NCC cadets have always been helping the cause of society and have already worked in various social campaigns like anti-dowry awareness. But it is for the first time that they are getting to actually put in their might for health reasons,” Shrivastava said.
For a city with approximately 25-lakh population, the administration had barely 200 field personnel comprising malaria workers, spray workers, ANMs and Aganwadi workers. Additional 100 hands by way of NCC cadets would help greatly, particularly in slum areas.
Ten dengue cases confirmed
A TOTAL of 10 dengue cases have been reported from Indore as per the updated figures till Monday evening. “The toll now stands at 10, out of which four are local patients and the rest are from outside. However, all of them are being treated in the City,” Collector Vivek Agrawal told Hindustan Times on Monday evening.
When asked if the administration was planning to seek any additional help from the private sector in view of the huge manpower requirement, Agrawal said, “We are contemplating use of employing private pest control companies. The modalities regarding payment etc would be worked out by Tuesday and we hope to have additional support soon.”
Indore and surrounding areas have been grappling with chikungunya and several other vector-borne diseases for past three to four months. Official figures notwithstanding, hundreds of persons are queuing up at private practitioners’ doors with suspected dengue symptoms. Officially, there are no cases at any government hospital as yet.
The administration has pooled its resources to fight the mosquito menace and carrying out preventive procedures like spreading awareness, fogging and medicine spraying across the City.