Mangalore, Sep 16, 2014: In a major fight to tackle the serious rise in number of malaria cases in Mangalore city, the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) launched a malaria control drive on Sept 15.
The drive that will last for three days, aims at inspecting all the construction sites in the city limits and identifying and destroying mosquito breeding cradles.MCC in-Charge Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak, gave an over view of the programme at the launching of the drive at MCC hall on Sepember 15.
It is stated that 11 teams have been formed consisting of 71 officials totally from health, town planning, engineering and revenue departments. The 11 teams will be monitored by assistant executive engineers and assistant town planning officers. Each team has been entrusted with the responsibility of visiting 20-30 construction sites in five to seven wards during the 3 day drive.
The teams will visit over 250 construction sites, inspect buildings and its premises, identify mosquito breeding spots and take steps to destroy the breeding grounds, said MCC in-Charge Commissioner.
He also stated that multi-purpose workers in the teams will take up on the spot blood test of the construction workers who are suffering from fever etc, . The teams are provided with medical kits with medicines like primaquine, chlorofin and rapid diagnostic test kits. Notice will be issued to the builders who failed to initiate measures to control malaria and the teams have been instructed to submit a report about such builders to the Commissioner.
At the launching the drive, Mayor Mahabla Marla instructed the officials to take strict action against the builders who fail to prevent mosquito breeding in the sites. “The teams can inform me or the commissioner if any builder or in-charge person in the construction site takes a negligent or blunt attitude. Such instances were reported in the past,” he said.
He also suggested to make it a consistent drive where the officials should inspect even the occupied buildings in the coming days. On the drastic increase in the number of malaria cases in Mangalore city limits while compared to other taluks, the Mayor said it was due to good report mechanism in place in the city now. All the private laboratories in other taluks must report about malaria cases to the urban local bodies, he stressed.