Mosquito breeding: Govt offices put on notice
When it comes to breeding mosquitoes, government offices seem to lead the race. Sena Bhavan and UPSC Buildings are the latest in a long row of government offices to be served notices after being found to be breeding mosquitoes that cause diseases like malaria and dengue.
Karkardooma Courts and most of the city’s police stations were also found to be happy breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
When the raiding teams of the city’s civic agencies visited government offices this year, it was the same old story of neglect.
“Mosquitoes breed all over these offices, in water coolers and overhead tanks that are rarely checked,” said a health
Among residential colonies, RK Puram government flats were found to be the worst offenders with the dengue causing aedes aegypti mosquitoes breeding in the overhead water tanks.
With Delhi not experiencing the usually intense summers this year, health officials are worried about the early outbreak of vector-borne diseases.
Mosquito breeding is usually contained in summers because of the high temperatures.
“We have asked the MCD and NDMC to deploy the 3200 domestic mosquito breeding detectors from Friday. We have also asked civic agencies to meet RWA members and hold awareness campaigns in 272 wards of the city. We have also given directions for fogging in all areas,” said Yoganand Shastri, Delhi health minister.
The health department has also directed that every government office appoint a nodal officer who would be responsible for preventing mosquito breeding in the particular premises.
“We will supply them with Tamiphos, a drug which prevents mosquito breeding,” added Shastri. The city has already experienced 24 cases of cholera and the department has asked DJB and MCD to carry out joint sampling of drinking water.
“We have also arranged drinking water to be supplied by rickshaws in tail-end areas of the Walled City that do not get a proper supply,” added Shastri.