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.