KDMC ties up with man­dals to fight dis­eases

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Pad­mja Sinha

KALYAN: In­creas­ing num­ber of wa­ter-borne dis­eases in­clud­ing dengue, malaria, jaun­dice and oth­ers have been a rea­son for con­cern for the cor­po­ra­tion and to deal with the is­sue, the of­fi­cials have taken help from man­dals to gen­er­ate aware­ness about the dis­ease.

CDs con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion about dis­ease, pre­ven­tive mea­sures, dos and don’ts would be cir­cu­lated across the city man­dals to be played dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

The re­cent sus­pected cases of dengue and jaun­dice in parts of the city proved to be an eye opener and of­fi­cials swung in ac­tion to take pre­ven­tive mea­sures.

To deal with in­creas­ing num­ber of cases, the health de­part­ment along with ward of­fi­cials had a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

The meet­ing was presided over by deputy com­mis­sioner Deepak Patil and KDMC Health of­fi­cer Smita Rode.

“There has been out­break of dengue, malaria, chick­en­gunya and other wa­ter borne dis­ease in the city. As an aware­ness drive, we have planned to dis­trib­ute hand­bills, ban­ners and posters and will also or­ga­nize skits to gen­er­ate aware­ness,” said Smita Rode, KDMC health of­fi­cer.

To spread more aware­ness, CDs con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion about the dis­ease would be dis­trib­uted to man­dals across the twin city where au­dio clips would be played.

“CDs will be played at Gan­pati man­dals con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of foot­falls in the man­dals. The mes­sage would def­i­nitely have a pos­i­tive im­pact on lis­ten­ers. Hence, we are hope­ful that this will yield fruit­ful re­sults,” she added.

The sud­den out­break of dis- eases has led the deputy com­mis­sioner to form a spe­cial team.

“A spe­cial team com­pris­ing of a health in­spec­tor, plumber and two health of­fi­cials has been made, who will pay a per­sonal visit to the ar­eas which are worst af­fected and pro­vide im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance. Fol­low­ing the re­sult, the chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer will take ac­tion,” said Deepak Patil, deputy com­mis­sioner.

Fu­mi­ga­tion and clean­li­ness drives will also be con­ducted in ar­eas across the city. The solid waste de­part­ment from the city has been asked to col­lect garbage on time and en­sure that they don’t pile up on city roads.

KDMC seems to have wo­ken up af­ter many cases have been re­ported, “The garbage, stag­nant wa­ter and other civic prob­lems were not paid at­ten­tion to be­fore. We had re­ported about in­com­plete con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity to the civic body but no ac­tion was taken,” said Shardul Ka­math, 38, res­i­dent of Shivaji Chowk, Kalyan.

“KDMC has planned many ini­tia­tives now, and al­though play­ing in­for­ma­tive au­dio clips to gen­er­ate aware­ness is a good idea, the of­fi­cials should have taken pre­ven­tive mea­sures ear­lier. Reg­u­lar fu­mi­ga­tion and wa­ter sam­ple sur­vey was not done which led to out­break of many wa­ter­borne dis­eases,” said Nitesh Subhran­shu, 32, a Man­pada res­i­dent.

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