Dengue Scare: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Takes Stock of Situation
As Bhubaneswar reported rising cases of dengue, senior officials from the Health and Family department visited the slum areas and other colonies in Niladri Vihar and Saileshree Vihar areas in the North zone. These two areas had reported cases of dengue and similar symptoms.
Entomology experts under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme and BMC visited the areas and held discussions with community members. The experts have suggested that the affected people should first undergo Covid-19 tests followed by dengue.
These urban slums have become points of disease spread primarily due to a lack of hygiene practices. Stagnant water in pots used to provide water to the cattle has become a breeding point for the mosquitoes.
After these cases emerged, officials of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation have engaged sanitation experts in the area for awareness and cleanliness drives. BMC Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Singh has directed both the BMC and Health and Family Welfare Department officials to ensure visits of Health and ASHA workers, Sanitary Inspectors, Ward Officer and Community Organisers and conduct awareness drives.
The suspected zones are being sprayed frequently with disinfectants. As a precautionary measure, the stagnant mosquito larva producing sites will also be de-watered.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and the officials of Health and Family Welfare are jointly monitoring the situation.