West Bengal government issues dengue protocol, cancels leaves of 1 lakh employees

Kolkata: As dengue cases crossed the 4,000-mark in Kolkata and rose alarmingly in the rest of the state, the Bengal government on Monday issued a notice to nearly one lakh state health, PHE, PWD, urban development and panchayat departments. Employees’ holidays cancelled. till further notice.
Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi held an urgent meeting with the KMC Commissioner, District Magistrates, Chief Medical Officers of Health and other senior officials to tackle the spread of the disease and issued 15-point guidelines, including setting up 24×7 fever clinics and dengue testing centres. Went. Senior Nabanna officials said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is concerned over the rise in dengue cases and has asked the Chief Secretary to involve all elected councilors and gram panchayat members in the vector-control campaign.
“The newly elected panchayat members will be given attention on dengue prevention norms,” said an official. The government will send senior officials to the districts as observers to keep an eye on the measures adopted. The state has also decided to distribute mosquito nets in slums and dengue hotspots.
South Bengal districts like North and South 24 Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and Kolkata are especially under surveillance after they recorded a rise in dengue numbers ahead of the festive season. The situation in Malda and Murshidabad is also a cause for concern.
‘Pay attention to vacant plots, construction sites, junkyards’
In a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi on Monday, all district magistrates were asked to use drones and take the help of police to detect mosquito breeding sites and eliminate them. Urban bodies were asked to send notices to landlords not following dengue prevention norms if mosquito breeding grounds are observed in their premises. Officials were instructed to focus on construction sites, closed factory complexes, scrapyards and vacant lands that had turned into dumps. They were also directed to keep an eye on central government offices and premises and ensure intensive cleaning activities. KMC and Urban Development Department were told that puja pandals could also be in danger due to accumulation of water on tarpaulin sheets.
“Railway and metro authorities will be requested to undertake adequate preventive activities at their construction sites as well as proper cleaning activities within their premises,” said an official who attended Monday’s meeting. Other central government organizations will also be required to undertake intensive “A request will be made to start cleaning activities.” On their premises.”
The KMC vector control team on Monday used drones to spray larvicide on abandoned factories, marshy lands and ponds that have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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