Diseases rise as res­i­dents ig­nore clean­li­ness lessons

NMMC of­fi­cials say 70% of the build­ings don’t have wa­ter tank cov­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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