Mangaluru, July 14, 2019: With serious escalation in malaria and dengue cases in and around city, the multipurpose workers of the Mangaluru City Corporation should conduct survey and destroy mosquito breeding sites, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr R Selvamani has stated.
He was addressing officials at a meeting of the National Vector-borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).
Dr Selvamani said there is a need to give priority to cleanliness in schools and anganwadi centres. “The scrap shops should maintain cleanliness. If they fail to do so, fine will be imposed on them,” he warned.
“The Health department officials should visit areas that have reported the highest cases of malaria and dengue and initiate preventive measures to check the spread of disease,” the officer instructed.
Spurt in dengue cases across Karnataka:
The state has so far reported 3,785 dengue cases this year and the numbers are only going up fast, say doctors.
Dakshina Kannada district with 255 positive cases have reported the highest numbers this season. Besides, Bengaluru, Hassan, Kalaburagi and Shivamogga have also reported a high number of cases.
Unlike in previous years, this year’s increase is seen for extended periods and experts attribute this to poor rainfall.
Ideally, regions that have reported many cases receive heavy rainfall in July. This year, scanty rainfall has brought in more fear to these regions besides drought. In the usual scenario, Dakshina Kannada district sees heavy rainfall, which washes away puddles that otherwise act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.