Mangaluru, June 23 2019: At least a near 50 suspected cases of dengue from Jeppu have come to light, MLA for Mangaluru City South D. Vedavyasa Kamath visited Amba Nagar and Arkerebail near Gujjarakere on June 22, Saturday.
He inspected the area and met patients who are undergoing treatment and those who have recovered from the viral infection. District Health and Family Welfare Officer M. Ramakrishna Rao, Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Gayathri Nayak, and other officials of the civic body and Health Department accompanied the MLA.
Dr. Rao said with 49 suspected dengue cases being reported from the area, health workers from the MCC and the Health Department have intensified their drive to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.
He said a special fever screening exercise was held at the anganwadi near Gujjarakere. He asked the residents to prevent stagnation of water in discarded bottles and tender coconuts where mosquitoes breed. Dr. Rao directed his personnel to begin indoor fogging in houses in the two areas.
A B.Com student, who had recovered from dengue, told MLA Kamath that she had to miss her semester examination recently. Going around her house, the officials found breeding of mosquitoes in a bucket filled with water. The officials directed the residents to frequently replace the water.
Former councillor from Mangaladevi ward Premananda Shetty told MLA Kamath that unlike the system used by MCC for constant surveillance of malaria, reports on dengue were being collected physically. “This delays matters for the exercise,” he said.
The residents complained about a stinking open discarded well and chocked storm-water drains. MLA Nayak instructed her staff to clean the open well and spray disinfectant. Separate teams will work to clear the clogged drains soon.