Diseases rise as residents ignore cleanliness lessons
NMMC officials say 70% of the buildings don’t have water tank covers
CBD BELAPUR: Cases of dengue and malaria have risen in the past two months, said civic health officials.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation officials said open water tanks and water stagnation near households had led to breeding of mosquitos.
Residents did not pay attention to cleanliness and hygiene despite the NMMC’s awareness campaigns. “Residents have been asked to keep their houses and surroundings clean and prevent stagnation of water. The officials have appealed to residents to not dump scrap and other materials on their terraces and balconies,” said Deepak Paropkari, NMMC medical officer of health.
However, not many are following the preventive steps. “In 70% of the buildings in the city, water tanks do not have covers. There is also water stagnation in the scrap stored in open spaces on the building premises. Water tanks within the houses too are not cleaned regularly,” said a health officer, on condition of anonymity.
Shiv Sena corporator Kishore Patkar, who had taken up the issue in the special general body meeting, said: “Mosquitos are spreading rapidly owing to the open water tanks in the city. Action should be taken against those flouting the norms.”
“The water tanks on the terrace and within the house should be covered. Residents should not allow water to stagnate in the scrap material stocked on the terrace and balcony. The utensils in the house should be properly cleaned at least once a week and dried well,” said municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare.
Residents, however, are disappointed with the lack of proper health facilities. The civic health services in the city are poor as the mother and child hospitals have shut down and the services provided at the urban health centres are not adequate. The entire load is on NMMC’s first referral unit in Vashi.