Civic body starts drive to fight malaria, dengue

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The NMMC health depart­ment has un­der­taken a spe­cial drive to con­trol wa­ter­borne dis­eases. Spe­cial pre­cau­tions are be­ing taken and aware­ness be­ing cre­ated to com­bat malaria, dengue, gas­tro, cholera, jaun­dice, ty­phoid and di­ar­ro­hea in Navi Mum­bai.

In or­der to pre­vent the spread of epi­demics in the city in mon­soon, the health depart­ment has pre­pared an ac­tion plan. An aware­ness cam­paign has also been ini­ti­ated to ed­u­cate the res­i­dents on what pre­cau­tions they need to take.

Ac­cord­ing to ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van, “July was ob­served as ‘dengue com­bat month’. Dengue and malaria camps were held at 69 places. Blood sam­ples were taken at the camps and 2,507 pa­tients were treated.”

He added, “A to­tal of 11,205 hand­bills were dis­trib­uted to spread aware­ness on symp­toms and preven­tion of the dis­eases.”

An in­de­pen­dent ward has been set up in NMMC hos­pi­tal, while the re­quired medicines have been stocked in ad­e­quate quan­tity.

Health of­fi­cials vis­ited lakhs of houses in the city to check for mos­quito breed­ing spots. They have checked for over­head tanks, un­der­ground tank, loft tank, drums, tyres, and flower pots. Nec­es­sary steps were taken at places where the pres­ence of lar­vae was found. Anti-mos­quito ac­tion has also been taken at hos­pi­tals, con­struc­tion sites, garages and schools where fu­mi­ga­tion has been un­der­taken. Aware­ness cam­paigns too have been un­der­taken. Guppy fish are be­ing re­leased at mos­quito prone spots.

To bring malaria and dengue un­der con­trol, the health depart­ment is con­duct­ing a spe­cial aware­ness cam­paign from June to Septem­ber.

The civic ad­min­is­tra­tion has dis­played in­for­ma­tion leaflets in the hous­ing so­ci­eties. Hand­bills are be­ing dis­trib­uted. Health camps and ex­hi­bi­tions are be­ing held in the city.

Big hoard­ings too have been erected in the city. To en­sure that the mes­sage reaches ev­ery res­i­dent, book­lets and stick­ers are be­ing dis­trib­uted and aware­ness cam­paigns are be­ing held at pub­lic places on hol­i­days. Ral­lies in­volv­ing stu­dents are also be­ing held.

Cha­van said, “A pa­tient whose blood sam­ple was found to be in­fected was given a 14-day treat­ment. A sur­vey was also con­ducted in 100 houses around his house.”

Res­i­dents are be­ing asked to keep their en­vi­rons cleans and in­form NMMC in cases of such dis­eases.

He added, “The health depart­ment, through its Ur­ban Help Cen­tres, is con­duct­ing sur­veys in all the wards of the city to find out pa­tients suf­fer­ing from such dis­eases and also mos­quito breed­ing spots. The pa­tients are be­ing ex­am­ined in their homes it­self and ad­min­is­tered treat­ment. Their blood tests too are be­ing ex­am­ined.”


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