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NDMC to cast Aedes net in workplaces

The Council has decided to turn the heat from residences to workplaces to contain the dengue outbreak.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2006 13:45 IST

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to turn the heat from residences to workplaces to contain the dengue outbreak. The reason for the shift in strategy: the Aedes Aegypti mosquito bites during the day, when many people are at work in offices.

"It is most likely that a person was infected in his office during the day. However, when dengue patients report sick in a hospital, they only mention their residential address. This becomes the basis for further action. Civic agencies then fog the next 50 houses in a row," said NDMC health officer Colonel S.K. Garg.

The NDMC is now tracking down the office addresses of all dengue patients in its area to carry out its fogging drives.  "We are contacting each patient individually to locate their workplace, which would be thoroughly checked for mosquito breeding and sanitised," said Garg.

Until now, the link between a patient's workplace and the spread of dengue had been lost on the NDMC.

"The door-to-door checks and fogging exercises were being carried out independently of the two parameters in a random manner," said Garg. Office complexes around the Central Vista are especially under the scanner.

On Sunday, the NDMC carried out intensive fogging at Rashtrapati Bhawan. "The water channels along Rajpath have been dried. At a few places, where there are leftover puddles, anti-larval medicines have been sprayed. We are also carrying out nukkad natak (street plays) around the lawns of India Gate and other crowded places to spread awareness about the disease," said Garg.

Dengue report card

The Delhi Government will soon file an Action Taken Report (ATR) in Delhi High Court giving details of the measures taken under the dengue-control programme over the last few years.

"The Delhi government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have 'by and large' complied with the directives issued by the high court in 1998 and 2003 to prevent the spread of dengue," said a senior government official.

The Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) has set up a control room to deal with dengue-related queries. People can call 23972884 from 10 am to 10 pm. Related information has also been posted on the website www.namp.gov.in.

"The NVBDCP is monitoring the situation continuously and providing technical assistance and logistical support to all dengue-affected States. The Directorate is also carrying out a vector surveillance in Delhi," said a Press Information Bureau statement.