Thiruvananthapuram corporation to fine dengue breeders
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Landowners, who do not close down sources of dengue mosquitoes larvae even after a warning, will be slapped with a fine, considering their premises as ‘source of nuisance’. As per a law that was used less in the city and more often in rubber plantation belts, officials are empowered to slap a fine on those who do not keep their premises clean.
While no specific amount was decided, between Rs 500 and Rs 20,000 are charged by various Corporations in the country on households, public and private organisation. “The general practice in the Corporation was to clean up premises and make the owners pay labour charges,” said a health supervisor.
Dengue deaths rise to six as DHS confirms 3 more
The number of people who succumbed to fever on Sunday rose to six with DHS confirming three more dengue deaths a day later. The deceased were identified as Rajendran, 22, of Chalai; Adithyan, 7, of Kanjirampara and Satheesh, 18, of Parassuvakkal. These fatalities are apart from a dengue death reported from Kozhikode on Monday. As per the daily monitoring data by the Department of Health Services (DHS), the number of dengue cases have come down by almost half compared to the past week. Around 141 suspected dengue cases and 71 confirmed dengue cases were reported.
Attingal (6), Beemapally (5), Thiruvallam(5), Karakulam (4) and Kalliyoor (4) reported the most number of confirmed cases. Meanwhile, the corporation has opened a special 24x7 dengue control room for three wards close to the IT hub of technopark. The wards of Chanthavila, Kazhakoot-tam and Kattayikonam will also have round the clock surveillance against dumping of waste. Presently, the vector control activities in these wards including Kazhakoottam, the home ward of the Mayor, has been undertaken by Health Department. However, if any health worker does not respond to calls, one can contact 8138801382 or 9496434517, a statement said. There will be coordinated actions that will also include Asha workers, Kudumbashree workers and nursing students.