Hyderabad: The spread of seasonal diseases cannot be curbed without participation from community, said Municipal Administration and Urban Development minister K.T. Rama Rao on Monday after conducting a review meeting with the GHMC officials.
He said that a seasonal calendar and an action plan will be prepared to battle the viral season all through out the year. The MA&UD minister said comprehensive awareness campaigns will be conducted throughout the year to prevent seasonal diseases. Mr Rao said that the emphasis will be on improving city sanitation to stop the spread of viral fevers.
He said that the increase of basti dawakhanas and urban health centres from the existing 106 will be brought to the notice of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao as it needs cabinet approval.
He instructed officials to immediately eliminate about 1,000 garbage vulnerable points. Instructions were also given to officials to conduct at least three awareness campaigns in each circle on a daily basis. The campaigns will be divided into three blocks — schools and colleges, slums, and commercial establishments and apartments.
Commenting on city sanitation and viral fevers, Mr Rao said that he has instructed city mayor Bonthu Rammohan, deputy mayor Baba Fasiuddin, six zonal commissioners and 30 deputy commissioners to hit the city roads by 5.30 am and monitor the sanitation work. All viral fevers are not dengue, he said, and the situation will be brought under control within 15 days.
He also urged citizens to participate in the cleanliness drive by maintaining household and community hygiene.
“A city like Indore is what it is today only because of public participation and self discipline. Fevers like dengue can be spread from stagnant fresh water in homes, not from sewerage. Seasonal diseases are a multi-dimensional problem and a mere 22,000 GHMC staff cannot fight it and keep the entire city clean.
We will follow the methods implemented in New Delhi to improve sanitation in Hyderabad,” he said.
Mr Rao said that there were special plans to deal with commercial establishments that generate huge amounts of garbage.