Chennai Corp. all set to fight Dengue



Chennai, Sep 21: The Greater Chennai Corporation is all set to combat dengue by undertaking preventive measures throughout the city.

The Corporation with its team of doctors, field workers and volunteers has implemented a number of preventive measures including awareness camps in schools and colleges, cleaning up breeding hotspots, anti-larvicidal measures, fogging and de-silting canals.

Corporation has undertaken measures like fogging canals.

There is also a pending smart-phone application to collect data on larval density around Chennai which has been already tested and is to be implemented soon, said Public Health Officials from the Chennai Corporation.

The team conducts surveys in each household, all around Chennai, and penalises potential breeding grounds. A total of 179 localities have been identified as ‘hotspots’ around Adyar, Mylapore and Kodambakkam.

A team of 15 field workers is employed by the Corporation to assess the main rivers like the Adyar, the Cooum and the Kosasthalaiyar.

The stagnant water in the Cooum River is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.                                                                                                                                     

According to The Times of India, till August this year, Chennai Corporation’s Grievance Redressal System has received more number of complaints of mosquito menace than the corresponding period last year.

In July the number of complaints the Corporation registered was 413 and it had shot up to 885 in August. In July, 2016, there were 370 complaints and in August 2016 there were 315 complaints. There were a total of 2809 complaints this year. Last year the number of complaints was 2,230.

Until September 1 this year, confirmed cases of dengue fever were 105.

Chennai officials have conducted a number of awareness camps:

Dr. Balu, who works at the Voluntary Health Services Hospital, Adyar, said that he was surprised that this year the number of cases had increased.

“Despite the efforts taken by the Corporation, people still continue to live in unhygienic surroundings and care very less about the surrounding environment. People living in slums and apartments are equally responsible for the garbage in their surroundings, which breeds mosquitoes in large number”, he said.

“This year the most number of patients who came here belong to the group of construction workers from Bihar, Assam and West Bengal,” Dr. Balu said. “These people live in poor accommodation surrounded by unhygienic environment, which could be the cause,” he said.

 “Construction workers are the worst hit since they live in unhygienic conditions”, Dr.Balu.                      Image Courtesy: Reuters

The Anopheles Aedes mosquito breeds in swamps, pits, stagnant water, unhygienic water surroundings and normally bites during the early morning hours, he said.  The mosquitoes target the body parts below the thigh of the human body.

“Use of boiled drinking water, personal hygiene as well as keeping the surrounding environment clean is very much important”, he said.

Pouring a little amount of coconut oil in stagnant water sources could also eradicate the mosquito larvae, he suggested.

Also, the Corporation provides a herbal powder called the Nilavembu powder which is made available to the public that can be mixed with drinking water and used.

This powder included the extract from papaya leaves and other herbal medicines which increased the immunity in individuals, he said.

To know more about the Nila vembu drink see the video below.