After rain, north corporation takes anti-mosquito measures in Delhi
In Delhi, mosquito-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November.Updated: May 16, 2019 06:35 IST
North Municipal Corporation of Delhi officials met with public health officials on Wednesday to chalk out a plan on preventing mosquito breeding after rain lashed the city in the morning.
The civic body’s deputy mayor Yogesh Verma, and the anti-malaria committee chairperson Urmila Choudhary, asked the officials to prepare for an early onset of mosquito breeding and appearance of vector-borne diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya.
In Delhi, mosquito-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November.
Choudhary said, “We took stock of the availability of anti-larvae medicines with us. Besides, we checked how many Domestic Breeding Checkers (DBCs) and naala beldaars (sanitation staff) we have with us, who go house-to-house and check coolers, empty pots and containers for breeding. The beldaars spray medicines in drains so that the female mosquito either does not lay eggs here or the larvae die.”
A senior officer of the north corporation said, “We were asked to hold awareness workshops among resident welfare associations (RWAs), market associations, at schools, colleges, hotels and restaurants regarding how to prevent mosquito larvae formation in their premises.”
“We were also told that fogging is not required immediately. It will be needed in August only after monsoons are almost over in the city,” the north MCD official said.
In 2018, 2,798 dengue cases and four related deaths were recorded by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates data on vector-borne diseases for the entire city. Also, 473 cases of malaria and 165 of chikungunya were reported last year.
First Published: May 16, 2019 06:35 IST