As part to avoid any kind of viral outbreak, the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) as well as the district health officials have started the anti-larvae drive to avoid breeding of aedes aegypti (dengue causing mosquitoes) across city.
According to health officials of the corporation, anti-larvae activities are being carried out across Amritsar, especially in the areas that were worst-hit by dengue last year. Many teams have been formed and designated places as per the direction of health department, said the MC authorities.
Dr Ajay Kanwar, health officer of civic body, said, “We have started the anti-larvae drive. Fogging will be carried out and anti-larvae granules will be put in standing clean water to avoid aedes aegypti breeding. We are keeping a close eye on all areas and will be issuing challans if the larvae is found in any place.”
Such spray prevents breeding of any kind of larvae, but special focus will be given to breeding of dengue larvae. Kanwar said, “This entire activity is going to be carried in cooperation with the health department, especially from the civil surgeon office. Sanitary inspectors will be accompanying and challans will be issued.”
Recently, to ensure better coordination between the two departments, a workshop-cum-seminar was also organised at the office of the civic body as last year. Lack of coordination between the two had given rise to the number of dengue cases last year.
Dr Madan Mohan, district epidemiologist, said, “We have identified around 19 spots that had huge presence of the larvae last year. The list has been given to MC authorities. We have been carrying out a large number of activities alongside.”