NMMC to be­gin malaria, dengue drive early next year

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

While the wa­ter depart­ment of the NMMC has im­posed a 25% wa­ter cut to meet the wa­ter re­quire­ment un­til June next year, res­i­dents have be­gun stor­ing wa­ter.

How­ever, of­fi­cials from the health depart­ment of the NMMC have started alert­ing peo­ple against stor­ag­ing of wa­ter in their house for more than 48 hours.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the wa­ter stored in buck­ets, uten­sils and drums might not be used and since there is a wa­ter scarcity go­ing on, res­i­dents won’t even throw it away.

“This stag­nant wa­ter when stored for more than two days could act as a breed­ing ground for for­ma­tion of lar­vae which in turn would at­tract mos­qui­toes. Hence, we are ap­peal­ing to res­i­dents to use the stored wa­ter and clean them af­ter us­ing so that there is no sed­i­men­ta­tion,” said Dr Ujwala Oturkar, malaria of­fi­cer, health depart­ment of NMMC.

Of­fi­cials said that from next year, the health depart­ment will start an aware­ness drive for dengue and malaria which will go on through­out the year.

Usu­ally the aware­ness drive starts be­fore mon­soon ev­ery year and goes on through­out the rainy sea­son.

“How­ever we will start the aware­ness cam­paign f rom Jan­uary it­self so that peo­ple start tak­ing all the nec­es­sary steps well in ad­vance and we can keep a check on breed­ing spots for mos­qui­tos as well,” added the of­fi­cial.

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