Taking steps to prevent outbreak of diseases following pre-monsoon rainfall in the city over the past few days, the health department commenced a drive against dengue and malaria on Sunday.
A team of health department found water accumulated in used tyres, which is a major source for breeding of aedes mosquitoes that cause dengue, at Tyres market, Transport Nagar and Samrala Chowk.
When the health team led by district health officer Dr Abnash Kumar visited Tyres market, majority of shops were closed due to Sunday. The team found stagnant water in many tyres, which were kept in open places outside shops and in vacant places.
According to health department, the larvae of aedes mosquitoes could form in the water accumulated in the tyres within the coming two to three days, if preventions were not taken.
District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said they had given strict warning to shop owners against keeping the tyres in open.
Meanwhile, a few of shopkeepers on the spot assured the team of cleaning the tyres and storing them inside the shops.
Satinder Singh, incharge of anti-malaria wing, said larvae of aedes mosquitoes could form in 5ml water, so water should not be allowed to accumulate.
He said mosquito larvae could form even in a bottle cap if water was allowed to accumulate in it.
The team also visited Transport Nagar and Samrala Chowk, where also they found water accumulated in tyres. Manpreet Singh, inspector, anti-malaria wing, said they created awareness among residents about prevention of dengue.
Vacant plots create nuisance for residents
Vacant plots in various areas across the city have become a nuisance for people living nearby. As the monsoon season is round the corner, weeds, such as Congress grass, grow rapidly in these plots, thereby leading to allergies. Some of the empty plots are being used to dump garbage, which also lead to diseases during rainy season.
When contacted, mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said fogging would soon be started in all areas of city. He said garbage would be lifted from vacant plots and insecticides would be sprayed at these vacant plots to prevent diseases.