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‘Dengue Drive Day’ on every Sunday: District administration


Team Udayavani, Jul 29, 2019, 11:35 AM IST

Dengue drive day at DC's residence

Mangaluru: In the backdrop of dengue outbreak in the twin districts, the district administration of Dakshina Kannada district has decided to hold ‘Dengue Drive Day’ on every Sunday of the month throughout the district.

The district administration and Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) had already decided to hold this drive in every house of the corporation limits on Sunday, July 28. Presently, the programme has been extended all the areas within the district limits for the coming months.

Malaria and dengue are vector borne diseases and mosquitoes are the vector. The outbreak of such epidemic diseases can be curtailed by destroying the larvae and eggs laid by the mosquitoes in stagnant water. Hence, Dengue Drive Day is being conducted to clear stagnant water found in coconut shells, buckets, plastic containers, flower pots or any other water collecting area.

Dengue drive day at ZP office

Dengue drive day at ZP office

Dengue Drive Day

The Dengue Drive Day was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sasikanth Senthil inaugurated at his residence on Sunday, July 28. Zilla panchayat CEO Dr R Selvamani, district health officer Dr Ramakrishna Rao, assistant commissioner of MCC Gayathri Nayak and others were present on the occasion.

During the occasion, mosquito eggs and larvae were traced and destroyed in the zilla panchayat building and the residential complex nearby. Signature collection campaign against dengue was also held at the malls in the city. Various organizations in the district have also joined their hands along with the district administration in the drive which is held in all the taluks of the district.

Maintain cleanliness

Speaking on the occasion, Dr R Selvamani, zilla panchayat CEO, said, “Cleanliness needs to be maintained in all the government offices and residential complexes of the district. A circular is sent to celebrate Dengue Drive Day on every Sunday.”

Control mosquitoes generation

Sasikanth Senthil, DC, said, “As the weather in the district is wavering between rain and heat, incidents of contagious epidemic are increasing. It is always better to prevent the production of mosquitoes to control the dengue epidemic. The public has to join hands with the district administration in this drive.”

Dengue control campaign

In order to discuss the implementation of dengue control campaign in schools and colleges, a meeting of the principals and headmasters and headmistresses of colleges and schools is called at the Town Hall in the city on Monday, July 29 at 10 am.

On Sunday, 27 more people were admitted to various hospitals in the districts with fever symptoms. However, dengue fever has not been confirmed among the admitted patients, informed health department officials.

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