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Coimbatore: Anti-dengue drive in textile city ahead of rains

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Sep 19, 2019, 2:13 am IST
Updated Sep 19, 2019, 3:47 am IST
During the rainy season, stagnant water doubles up as mosquito breeding hotspots.
Corporation staff involved in fogging operations to prevent breeding of mosquitoes, in Coimbatore. (Photo: DC)
 Corporation staff involved in fogging operations to prevent breeding of mosquitoes, in Coimbatore. (Photo: DC)

COIMBATORE: Ahead of the rainy season, the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) along with the health department has initiated an anti-dengue drive in the textile city.

A highly-placed official from the civic body shared that domestic breeding checkers (DBC) who are officials from the Coimbatore corporation go on a door-to-door inspection daily, to check for and destroy mosquito breeding hotspots.

 

“This is an on-going process which is carried out in the 100 wards across the five zones of the Coimbatore Corporation. Spot fines of Rs 100 and administrative charges are collected from residents and commercial establishments where such hotspots are found. The team of sanitary workers destroy the identified mosquito breeding hotspots and leave it clean. A fine of something between Rs 500 and Rs 20,000 is collected as administrative charges,” the official said.

Officials state that residents of slum areas are highly prone to contracting dengue, but do not rule out the possibility of an outbreak of dengue in other areas.

 

“During the rainy season, stagnant water doubles up as mosquito breeding hotspots. Through anti-larval drives, our team works to ensure that no water remains stagnant in the city,” the official added.

Meanwhile, Dr. B. Asokan, Dean, Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH), states that there is no need to panic as the situation was well under control. “Despite the recent spell of rains the region received, there is no spike in fever cases in the western region,” he told DC.

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