INDORE: District collector Nishant Warwade on Monday issued directives to test for mosquito larvae in 700- 800 households every day to control the spread of viral disease in city.
The move comes a day after TOI highlighted the growing number of people suffering from various strains of viruses and inability of the health department and civic body to gain control despite Indore having the tag of cleanest city of India.
The matter came up for discussion during the review meeting of officials chaired by Warwade.
The malaria departmentofficials told the collector that they had raised Rs 12,000 as fine this season from residences where larvae were found.
The malaria department incharge claimed that the larvae have been found in 112 places despite the fact that around 600 households were being checked every day.
Warwade was of the view that the drive should be intensified. Increase the number of households examined
for mosquito larvae to 700-800, he told the officers.
If people fail to do away with stagnant water in their households and allow the mosquito larvae to breed, they should not be spared, the collector said adding that fines should be imposed irrespective of the status of the person.
Warwade asked the malaria department to share information about households where mosquito larvae are found with the civic body for coordinated action. He also instructed the IMC to carry out fogging in all sensitive areas of every ward in the city to prevent the spread of mosquito, the major carrier of viruses.
Collector’s stern stand on mosquito larvae control came at a time when the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had cried foul over the civic authorities’ role in controlling the spread of viral diseases.
According to IMA Indore, a rough estimate suggests that over two lakh people in Indore suffer from viral disease.
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