Sunday , 26 May 2019

40 suspected dengue cases in Vasco




Mormugao municipal council chief officer Agnelo Fernandes on Tuesday said that 40 suspected cases of dengue have been reported at  Sada and Vaddem in the  last five

Speaking to media persons  in Vasco on Tuesday, Fernandes said that health officials have noted the 40 suspected dengue cases at Sada and Vaddem  from January to May 2018 – 30 cases were reported at Sada, while the remaining 10 cases were recorded at Vaddem.

The municipal authorities held a meeting  with the health officials  on Monday,  exploring ways to  control dengue in the city.

The meeting was also attended by councillors.

A health officer at the Vasco urban health centre Dr Rashmi Khandeparkar said that recently a suspected dengue case was reported at Sada.

It was informed that the CISF barracks and the MPT colony are vulnerable to dengue outbreak, and hence  fogging has been carried out constantly at  the abovementioned areas.

To keep dengue under control, the municipality and the health authorities will keep an eye on the mushrooming  scrapyards, as these could be breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Fernandes said the erratic water supply in Vasco has forced  the people to keep two  to four barrels for storing water.

The  area where these barrels are kept could also turn into breeding grounds  for mosquitoes, he warned.

Dr Khandeparkar stressed on cleanliness at areas near Cine El-Monte Theatre, Adarshnagar, area behind St Andrew Church and Sainagar.

It was  suggested that the authorities should write to the canoe owners association, requesting the fishermen to  keep  their  canoes in  upturned position when the canoes  are not in use.   Otherwise rainwater gets accumulated  in these canoes when they are kept in their regular position.

The MMC chief officer directed the health authorities to conduct more awareness drives  to educate the people on vector-borne diseases.