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Cases of malaria, dengue have fallen in the city: KMC


Cases of malaria and dengue have fallen in 2015 compared to 2014, according to a report submitted by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to the director of National Vector Borne Control Programme (NVBCP) in New Delhi in Thursday.

The report stated that between January and 31 August 2015, 38 people were afflicted with dengue compared to 244 people during the same period in 2014. Similarly, 1350 people were found to be suffering from malaria between January and 31 August 2015 as against 3500 people in the corresponding period in 2014.

The member, mayor in council (health), Atin Ghosh and Debashis Biswas, chief vector control officer, met the NVBCP director AC Dhariwal on Thursday morning and submitted the report.

Biswas said Dhariwal had expressed satisfaction over the steps taken up by KMC to control the spread of the vector-borne diseases.

Ghosh said that anti-malaria drive had been carried out in all the 144 wards throughout the year. Intense campaign had been launched where people have been requested to clean AC ducts once a week and not to store water in buckets for several days as stagnant water serves as the breeding ground for mosquitoes.

KMC workers are visiting homes to inspect the underground reservoirs and overhead tanks. If mosquito larvae are found, the owners are requested to clean them immediately.

It may be recalled that mosquito larvae were found in the underground reservoirs of SSKM hospital and the attention of the hospital authorities was drawn to clean the same.

Ghosh said KMC had identified the areas from where maximum number of malaria and dengue cases were reported and intensive drives were carried in those areas to check the spread of the diseases.

He said in the mid 1990s, malaria had become rampant in Kalighat and Bhawanipur areas, but after the areas were identified, the spread of the disease in these areas had been controlled.