Mangalore, September 16: The Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) has kicked off a malaria control drive on Sept 15th, in order to fight against the multiplying malaria cases in Mangalore city.
Drive will lasts for three days, aims at inspecting all the construction sites in the city limits to identify and destroy mosquito breeding areas.MCC in-Charge Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak, gave an over view of the programme at the launch of the drive at MCC hall on Sepember 15th.
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 among the teams will conduct blood test of the construction workers on the spot who are suffering from fever etc. The teams are provided with medical kits containing 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.
Mayor Mahabla Marla instructed the officials during the launch of the drive to take stringent 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 revealed.
Also he suggested on making the drive consistent where the officials ought to inspect even the occupied buildings in future. Compared to other taluk’s, there is a rapid hike in the number of malaria cases in Mangalore city limits; the Mayor said it was due to good report mechanism in the city. He stressed that, the private laboratories in other taluks must inform about malaria cases to urban local bodies.