MCD to launch anti-dengue drive

July 25th, 2011 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Monday announced a special anti-dengue drive after the civic agency found many mosquito breeding grounds in government offices and houses following the intermittent rains in the city.

“The MCD will launch a special checking and prosecution drive next week. Strict action will be taken against persons/institutions who are found creating mosquitogenic conditions and fail to take specified preventive measures, if breeding is detected,” Municipal Commissioner K.S. Mehra said.

According to the civic agency, besides houses, mosquito breeding grounds have been found at government offices and institutions such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and various police stations.

“The MCD has issued over 30,000 legal notices for houses found with conditions that can cause mosquito breeding. Around 23,000 houses have been found with mosquito breeding grounds,” Mehra added.

MCD health officer N.K. Yadav said that to prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases, it must be ensured that there is no stagnation of water - in water coolers, flower pots etc. - and that water vessels like overhead tanks are kept covered.

“One can put two tablespoons of petrol or kerosene for each 100 litres of water. Usage of mosquito nets, and repellents is also important,” he added.

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