An awareness programme related to vector-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya etc was organised by the health department of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Saturday. Residents' Welfare Associations (RWAs) and management of societies under the jurisdiction of Ward B attended the event.
On the occasion, Leader of the House and area Councillor Kamaljeet Sehrawat, Epidemiologist SDMC, Najafgarh Zone Dr Aniket Sirohi, Deputy Health Officer, Deepak Mittal and Malaria Inspector of the area, Rohtash Singh interacted with the people on the subject.
Sehrawat said that such awareness programmes were for the RWAs so that the society premises could be kept free from mosquitoes breeding, taking precautionary measures with the help of SDMC staff. She appealed to the RWAs to make the area neat and clean and keep a vigil on the places where water was logged and inform it to the workers of the civic body.
People on the occasion also raised their points related to the subject of mosquito breeding and water logging in the area.
President of Sukh Dukh Ke Sathi and resident of Dream Apartments (Sector 22), Shashi Kapoor, raised the issue related to cleaning and maintenance of drains in the area. He cited a lackadaisical approach by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for poor upkeep. Kapoor further asked the corporation officials to ensure proper cleaning of such drains first then spray medicine in order to stop the breeding of mosquitoes.
Talking to City Spidey, Malaria Inspector Rohtash Singh said, “Such vector-borne disease starts spreading from the month of July. It means cases could be found from 1st July hence there is a need for serious concern from the community. They must not allow any type of waterlogging and be in touch with us so that we could visit and take initiative to stop breeding. We appeal to RWAs to make ensure that their water tables are properly covered, coolers and ACs are not waterlogged.
"We further urge them to cooperate with our representatives when they pay a visit to their houses to check ACs, coolers, refrigerators etc. It will help in our mission to keep the area free from such diseases,” Singh concluded.