Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray called an urgent meeting on Thursday and asked all shakha pramukhs to coordinate with civic corporators to curb the spread of malaria.
NCP leader Sharad Rao has alleged that the municipal corporation is responsible for failure to curb the spread of the disease as labourers hired on contract by the corporation lacked required expertise.
With a significant number of cases reported this year, the Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party ruled civic body has faced flak for its inept handling of spread of the vector-borne disease. At Thursday’s meeting, Uddhav directed all its shakhas to organise anti-malaria health camps and asked the civic employees to supply necessary material.
“The civic body does not have a policy on malaria. The medicines that are provided at civic centres are of substandard quality and do not assist in curbing the disease,” Rao alleged.
Civic health centres distributed ‘Crocin’ tablets used for common flu, instead of malaria-specific tablets due to lack of their availability, he alleged.