New Delhi: As Delhi prepares to host the
Commonwealth Games in October, civic bodies are taking a slew
of measures to prevent spread of vector-borne diseases like
dengue and chikungunya.
The New Delhi Municipal Council has sent notices to 300
premises in areas within its jurisdiction since January,
including some government buildings, NDMC Medical Officer of
Health P K Sharma said.
"We will be stricter in dealing with breeding of
mosquitoes in various buildings in our areas. We have already
issued an advisory to owners of buildings and sensitised the
residents welfare associations," he said.
Sharma said the NDMC is undertaking one round of anti-
larval action before Monsoon and will take all necessary
measures to ensure "zero-mortality" from vector-borne diseases
in its areas. "We have procured enough medicines, sprayers and
vehicle-mounted fogging machines," he said.
The MCD has also formulated an action plan to prevent
spread of dengue and other vector-borne diseases during the
Games, under which it will deploy rapid response teams, set up
surveillance posts and check mosquito breeding round-the-year.
For the past few years, Delhi have seen a large number of
cases of dengue after the rainy season. Officials say the
month of October generally witnesses an increase in dengue
cases, a fact which is causing some concern as the mega
sporting event is scheduled from October 3 to 14.
MCD had this year preponed its insectoral meet with Delhi
government, DJB, DMRC and other stakeholders on prevention of
vector- and water-borne diseases by about two months in view
of the Games.
It is procuring 14 vehicle-mounted fogging machines
and 247 hand-held pulse jet type thermal fogging machines to
prevent breeding of mosquitoes in the city.