SDMC Commissioner issues advisory on prevention, control of vector-borne diseases
Commissioner SDMC Gyanesh Bharti has issued advisory on prevention and control of vector borne diseases in Delhi. He has called for prevention of mosquito breeding at source and made it clear that the reduction in breeding is the only effective tool for prevention and control of these diseases.
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He asked all the HODs of various agencies including DMRC, DJB, DDA, Delhi Police, PWD, CPWD to nominate the nodal officers to ensure preventive measures. The various agencies in the health sector have reported mosquito breeding in different parts of Delhi and have also expressed their deep concern over this.
The Commissioner said this year, there is a need to concentrate more on Educational Institutes colleges and schools as they are closed due to corona crises and have higher chances of mosquito breeding. He has also requested the heads of Educational Institutions and offices to cooperate in controlling mosquito breeding. The designated nodal officer of these institutes must ensure that there is no artificial water collection in open grounds, roofs of buildings, flower pots etc. Also, overhead tanks should be emptied, covered and locked. Unused vehicles like school/college buses should be covered and parked in covered spaces to prevent water collection inside.
He has requested all the heads of all agencies to ensure that overhead and other water tanks/containers are kept properly covered with lid and overflow pipe/air vent are covered with wire mesh. Provide access to Overhead Water Tank to facilitate checking. All coolers should be scrubbed and cleaned once a week and mopped dry before refilling. In Coolers that cannot be emptied, put one tablespoon of Tempos Granules/Petrol. Collection of stagnant water should not be allowed inside or around office premises and if the same does take place a little quantity of kerosene/petrol/ diesel may be put in such stagnant wastewater collection. Unused/broken bottles, plastic cups, pots and tyres etc. that can hold water should not be left in the open.
He has also requested the heads of offices to nominate their nodal officers to ensure compliance of advisory and proper prevention and control of waterborne diseases by eliminating breeding of mosquitoes across their complex. He has also mentioned that the Delhi Municipal Corporation by laws 1975 on Malaria and other vector borne diseases provides for an action on failure to take specified prevented measures. The failure is punishable. On detection of repeated breeding, besides legal notice, challan, Police complaint may be lodged under section 269 of Indian Penal Code. Bharti has called upon RWAs, Market Association and General public to take preventive measures failing which the outbreak of Dengue and Chikungunya may become uncontrollable. He has sent advisory to all offices of Central, State Govts, CPWD, PWD, DDA, Delhi Police, Delhi Jal Board, DMRC. Registrars of all universities and deemed universities in Delhi, all associations of professionals and all associations of Traders/Chambers of Commerce.