NMMC to begin malaria, dengue drive early next year
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.