Dengue dip in Salt Lake in Covid season

USA Utah News

Kolkata: The dengue scenario in the areas under Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation is much better compared to last year. Following the civic body’s record, only 15 people have been affected by dengue in Salt Lake and Rajarhat from January till the first week of September.
During the same period in last year the number was 165 and the civic authorities have been taking several preventive measures, said Bidhannagar MMIC (health) Pranay Roy.
Over 20 people had died and several hundred of other people had been affected by dengue in the areas under Bidhannagar civic body in the past three years.
“Civic teams have been conducting sanitizing drive and spraying disinfectant across all the wards,” said a civic official. Periodical inspections are being done across all the 41 wards to keep tabs on houses and building complexes to check whether there is any accumulation of water on the building premises. “We have been requesting all residents to ensure that there is no accumulation of stagnant water on the roof top of their houses and on the house premises,” said a civic official.
Guppy fish that feeds on mosquito larvae are also being released on Kestopur and eastern drainage canal at regular intervals.
The civic authorities have decided to clean up vacant and empty plots across Salt Lake, which could become potential mosquito breeding grounds.
The authorities would take a certain charge from the owners of vacant plots for the clean-up. “The vacant plot owners would need to pay the charge when they pay the property tax for the next quarter,” said a civic official. For the neighbouring New Town and Sector V, a task force has been formed for daily monitoring of mosquito prevention measures, including regular cleaning of vacant plots and drains, spraying larvicide, door-to-door fever survey and bush trimming.
The NKDA has installed ‘mosquito magnets’ in four places in New Town at Eco Park, in the open air theatre of Nazrul Tirtha, at the open lawn of Rabindra Tirtha and Eco Urban Village to trap mosquitoes. In Sector V, Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority has recently conducted a drone surveillance and identified around eight tall buildings where stagnant water might have been accumulated. The building management authorities have been asked to look into the matter.

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