Bhubaneswar: With dengue scare coming back to haunt the city residents, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of the vector-borne disease in the civic body areas.
After detection of fresh cases with the onset of monsoon, the civic authorities carried out a massive awareness programme in the city. Focussing on complete eradication of the disease, the BMC stressed on taking the awareness drive to every doorstep.
Health activists including ASHA, Anganwadi workers and other staff are campaigning in every lane and bylane of the city to make people aware. Mostly the slum areas which are vulnerable to the mosquito-borne viral disease are on the top focus, BMC officials said.
Besides the awareness exercise, cleanliness drive has also been undertaken. Bush cutting, desilting activities are being speeded up, said Purandar Nanda, zonal deputy commissioner, BMC.
“Awareness drive is a routine work which we condcut every year with the onset of rainy season. Our team has braced up after detection of dengue cases in Ward no 7 and 14. Bush cutting, desilting of sewer lines and fogging activities are going on by the civic workers. Spray of mosquito repellent has also begun to prevent breeding of mosquitoes,” Nanda added.
As stagnant water provides a perfect ground for mosquito breeding, city denizens have been advised to remove unused tyres, pots and other containers lying on roof top and periphery areas of the houses.
The civic body has braced to arrest the disease following detection for 12 cases from Sailashree Vihar and Kalpana areas in last few days.
Entomology experts and senior health officials had recently visited the vulnerable areas including slum pockets and various colonies in Niladri Vihar and Sailashree Vihar areas in the city to take stock of the situation.
The entomologists under National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme and BMC had also held discussions with community members.
The experts said that Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes lay their eggs in clean water found in discarded paper cups, coconut shells, tyres, air- coolers, and flowerpots. Urban slums and sites under construction often contribute to the spread of mosquitoes.
The BMC officials said they would give equal importance for prevention of dengue like covid 19. ELISA test would be conducted on the suspected persons to detect the disease, they added.