Monsoon arrival: LG directs agencies to intensify vector-control measures
New Delhi: With the arrival of monsoon in the national capital, Delhi Lt Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal today directed local bodies and other agencies to intensify vector-control measures here.
Baijal also directed authorities concerned to ensure coordination with neighbouring states to be prepared to tackle vector-borne diseases.
The directives were issued at a meeting that was chaired by the L-G to discuss the status of measures taken to combat mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria, and seasonal influenza in the city.
The meeting was attended by Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) Chairman Naresh Kumar and senior officers of the health and urban development departments.
Three municipal commissioners and Public Works Department, police, railway and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials among others were also present.
In the meeting, the L-G was informed that letters along with an advisory, including 'Dos & Don'ts', has been prepared and sent to various government and private offices, buildings and institutions for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases, according to a statement issued by the L-G office.
Monsoon today reached the national capital, a day ahead of its scheduled arrival.
"The L-G has directed for intensification of vector-control measures by field staff of local bodies (domestic breeding checkers or DBCs)...
"Regular house-to-house visits for checking and eliminating all possible breeding sites should be made, besides regular monitoring of DBCs by higher officials," the L-G office said.
It stated that Baijal has directed authorities to motivate resident welfare associations and general public to participate in prevention of breeding of mosquitoes.
Community leaders and field level agencies should also be involved in generating awareness in the community, the L-G office said.
The statement stated that the L-G has also directed to intensify vector-control activities and community awareness activities in identified high-risk wards and underprivileged areas, unauthorized colonies, JJ clusters and construction sites.
Baijal has asked for regular review meetings at the level of district magistrates with all stakeholders to review the situation in their respective districts.