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Bengal government to hold cleanliness drive to control dengue cases

West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi held a meeting on Wednesday where it was decided that a cleanliness drive will be held on October 15 and 16 to reduce mosquito-breeding sources. At least 50 people have reportedly died from dengue and official data puts the current number of people infected at over 1,000.

The state government also cancelled the leaves of all officials and staff associated with the management of dengue cases until the situation improves.

The cleanliness drive will be carried out across all villages and municipal wards, hospitals, schools, and government premises, and steps will be taken to reduce mosquito-breeding sources.

Panchayats and municipalities, self-help group members, Anganwadi Workers, ASHA Workers, market committees, the Chamber of Commerce, flat owner associations and other stakeholders will take part in this massive cleanliness campaign.

Further, the authorities of Indian Railways and the Kolkata Metro will be asked to take up cleaning activities within their premises on October 15 and 16. They will also be asked to take up adequate preventive activities at their construction sites.

An advisory on the prevention of dengue will be forwarded to all Dura Puja committees and messages for display at pandals will also be shared by the state government.

Tourist spots are also to be kept clean to avoid accumulation of garbage during the Durga Puja festivities. In inaccessible places, drone surveillance will continue.

The state government will also ensure regular visits by District Observer teams to both private hospitals and government facilities for the proper management of dengue cases.

Two lakh mosquito nets will be distributed in slums and dengue hotspot areas. Three lakh nets have already been distributed.

Edited By:

chingkheinganbi mayengbam

Published On:

Oct 11, 2023

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