Lack of public participation main reason for rise in dengue cases: ‘Gama’

Tuesday, 19 SEPTEMBER 2023 | PNS | DEHRADUN

Despite the work being done by the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) on a war footing against dengue, lack of public participation is becoming the main reason for the increase in dengue cases, said the Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’. He said that to ensure people take preventive measures against dengue, MCD will impose a penalty from Rs 10,000 to Rs one lakh on residential and non-residential buildings if larvae of dengue causing mosquitoes are found on the premises. Besides this, sanitation teams will also take strict action against the guilty parties. This was decided in the meeting held on Monday by the mayor to review the corporation’s preparation for dengue prevention along with municipal commissioner Manuj Goyal. The officials of the health section informed the mayor that owners of several commercial and non-commercial establishments are being negligent in eliminating dengue larvae. Besides this, water is accumulating within premises in many areas due to frequent rain but nothing is being done by the respective owners as observed by sanitation teams during their inspections. Frequent rains and hot weather create an ideal environment for mosquito breeding due to which, preventing water accumulation is necessary. Considering all these factors, the mayor said that MCD and the Health department will conduct a joint campaign in the city to conduct physical inspections of establishments. Besides taking strict action against them, a hefty penalty amount will be imposed on the guilty party from a minimum of Rs 10,000 to Rs one lakh.  “People should understand that their negligence of small things like letting water accumulate in their premises can prove to be fatal to many,” added the mayor.  The MCD team also imposed a challan of Rs 50,000 each on two under-construction buildings in the Niranjanpur Mandi area after finding larvae in their basements.

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