Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BBMP accords ‘priority’ to fogging

BBMP accords ‘priority’ to fogging


Express News Service First Published : 12 Aug 2009 04:14:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 12 Aug 2009 09:13:45 AM IST
BANGALORE: It took two dengue deaths in the city in the last two days to jolt the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) out of its state of denial and take steps to check the spread of dengue fever and other epidemic diseases.
Following back to back deaths of two children - Abhishek and Faiza, BBMP commissioner Bharat Lal Meena has directed officials to take necessary preventive measures to arrest the spread of dengue. Speaking to Express, Meena said that the Palike is aware of the situation and is making serious efforts to check epidemic diseases.
“Regular fogging in localities prone to such diseases has been increased and desilting of drains is also in the process. Fogging was being conducted on a regular basis but now this process has been intensified in various parts of the city, especially in slums,” Meena said.
The BBMP had so far maintained that there were no dengue deaths in the city regardless of the fact that death certificates of victims had stated dengue shock syndrome as the cause of death.
Venkateshappa, BBMP deputy commissioner (health) said: “Fogging and other related activities has been outsourced to around 600 persons.
We have identified critical areas to be covered on a priority basis in the next 10 days.” Meena has asked the BBMP staff to create awareness about dengue fever and other epidemic diseases by visiting localities and interacting with people.

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