Coordination meet on dengue, malaria prevention

Last Updated: May 08, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

New Delhi: With the Commonwealth Games just a
few months away, a meeting of MCD, Delhi government, DJB, DMRC
and other stakeholders today discussed measures to prevent
vector and water-borne diseases in the national capital.

ressing the Intersectoral Coordination Meeting,
Municipal Commissioner K S Mehra said the next few months will
be all the more important because it involves the prestige of
the country before the international community.

"There is potential for spread of such vector and water-
borne diseases in view of the largescale construction
activities and presence of migrant labour. We will have to be
extra alert," he said.

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.

Officials of Delhi Police, DDA, Northern Railway, DTC,
Flood and Irrigation Department and DSIIDC also took part in
the meeting held at the Ambedkar Stadium office of MCD.

Mehra stressed the need to focus attention on
unauthorised colonies from where the maximum number of cases
is reported. He asked Irrigation and Flood Control Department
and DSIIDC to ensure free flow of water in these colonies to
prevent stagnation of water and breeding of mosquitoes.

He said it is important to have regular desilting of
drains and taking anti-larval measures along the bank of
Yamuna river.

Municipal Health Officer N K Yadav said the insectoral
meet was preponed by about two months in view of the
Commonwealth Games. He urged all the civic agencies to
nominate a Nodal Officer from their organisation to coordinate
with MCD in preventing mosquito breeding and checking diseases
like dengue, malaria and chikangunya.

PTI