NMMC con­tin­ues anti-malaria drive

Health of­fi­cials visit more than 3.34 lakh houses from Aug to Oct, de­tect 5L mos­quito breed­ing spots

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: With win­ter set­ting in, the civic body has in­ten­si­fied its cam­paign against dengue and malaria.

Ac­cord­ing to the sta­tis­tics present with the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), health of­fi­cials have vis­ited more than 3.34 lakh houses in the city from Au­gust till Oc­to­ber and de­tected around 5 lakh mos­quito breed­ing spots.

NMMC med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health Dr Deepak Parop­kari said, “We are do­ing our best to spread aware­ness on the is­sue and pre­vent the spread of fever. All ac­tion is be­ing taken to curb the mos­quito men­ace.”

An NMMC health of­fi­cial re­quest­ing anonymity said, “The NMMC of­fi­cials had in­spected 2.86 lakh houses in the city in April and May. By Au­gust, they had al­ready in­spected 3.34 lakh houses and de­tected the pres­ence of 5,28,000 mos­quito breed­ing sites. Th­ese in­cluded the dis­cov­ery of 348 spots, which had lar­vae of anophe­les mos­quito, 1,038, which had the aedes lar­vae and 22 with the culex lar­vae.”

“We had a chal­leng­ing task at hand as ar­eas un­der the NMMC’s ju­ris­dic­tion wit­nessed a huge rise in malaria and sus­pected dengue cases at the start of the mon­soon and hos­pi­tals were wit­ness­ing a ris­ing num­ber of pa­tients suf­fer­ing from high fever,” added the of­fi­cial.

“To bring the num­ber of malaria and dengue cases un­der con­trol, it was nec­es­sary to spread aware­ness amongst the lo­cal res­i­dents,” he said.

“For this, the civic ad­min­is­tra­tion dis­trib­uted around two lakh pam­phlets con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion on the rise in mos­quito-borne diseases and how they could be pre­vented, at var­i­ous hous­ing so­ci­eties. Around 1.75 lakh hand­bills, 10,000 three-fold book­lets and 20,000 stick­ers have been dis­trib­uted too,” said the of­fi­cial.

Among the other mea­sures un­der­taken by the civic body, 135 hoard­ings were put up across the city to en­sure the mes­sage reaches ev­ery res­i­dent.

“We also or­gan­ised around 92 camps and ex­hi­bi­tions across sev­eral nodes in the city,” said the of­fi­cial.

The NMMC also un­der­took 72 train­ing ses­sions for an­gan­wadi per­son­nel on pre­ven­tive mea­sures and held 220 meet­ings with pri­mary and sec­ondary school prin­ci­pals held to cre­ate aware­ness.

“Our mea­sures have yielded re­sults but we will not re­lax. We will con­tinue to work hard to en­sure the res­i­dents do not face prob­lems,” said Dr Parop­kari.

AMONG THE OTHER MEA­SURES UN­DER­TAKEN BY THE CIVIC BODY, 135 HOARD­INGS WERE PUT UP ACROSS THE CITY TO EN­SURE THE MES­SAGE REACHES EV­ERY RES­I­DENT

“We are do­ing our best to spread aware­ness on the is­sue and pre­vent the spread of fever. All ac­tion is be­ing taken to curb the mos­quito men­ace. Our mea­sures have yielded re­sults but we will not re­lax. We will con­tinue to work hard to en­sure the res­i­dents do not face prob­lems.”

DR DEEPAK PAROP­KARI, med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health, NMMC

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