Extensive effort by administrations to eradicate dengue from Malda and Noirth Dinajpur

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR ANUP JAYSWAL
MALDA/ RAIGANJ
5 Jul 2018

Different wings of the state government have taken up massive drives  in Malda and North Dinajpur districts to strike at dengue that is feared to make an outbreak in the monsoon.
After holding regular surveys at micro level at the rural areas of the district every 15 days, the district administrations held a meeting recently with officials of all concerned departments to review the situation in Malda.
To gear up the drive further against the vector-borne deceases including dengue Malda zilla parishad (MZP) has resolved to keep fogging-machines  available at all 146 gram panchayats of the district.
Secretary of MZP Sukanta Saha, who is also the district panchayat and rural development officer (DPRDO), said, “Approximately Rs 2 crore would be spent to purchase fogging-machines for all gram panchayats in the district. The budget includes maintenance of those machines, training of operators and their wages.”
“We would decide about the training of the operators and other related issues after holding discussions with deputy chief medical officer of health II Amitava Mandal,” Saha said.
In the same breath he said that Rs 4 lakh would be sanctioned for construction of each of the modern toilets at different areas. In addition, generators would be provided to all hostels located at the rural areas.
A resolution in this regard was adopted in a meeting of the permanent committee of MZP, the secretary said.
Meanwhile, a special species of fish that consume the mosquito larva were released at water-bodies and drains at different wards of Raiganj municipality on Thursday.
Bidisha Mandal, district fishery officer said, “These fish would help in preventing the reproduction of mosquitoes and other insects. The fish would be released in larger number of stagnant water-bodies and drains of the district.”
Councilors of Raiganj municipality were with the fishery department team during the release of the fish.
Raiganj municipality has also made a drive to keep litter-bins  at different areas, said Sandip Biswas, chairman of the municipality.