Places without vector control to face fines

Dedicated teams to conduct inspection
Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil on Friday directed the Mangaluru City Corporation to impose a hefty fine on owners of under-construction buildings, commercial complexes, and other public places found lacking in vector control.

Mr. Senthil said teams dedicated to vector control will be visiting under-construction buildings, commercial complexes and public places, namely the KSRTC bus stand, railway stations, and government offices. “If these teams find breeding of larva in the sites, heavy fines will be imposed. Fines imposed on these establishments, if need be, will be made public,” he told reporters. Mr. Senthil said a group of social activists, which review the work of teams involved in vector control in different areas in the city, will also do a sample survey of households. “If they find houses where larva is breeding, penalty will be imposed on them,” Mr. Senthil said, while asking people to take the vector-control exercise seriously. In areas such as Jeppu, the Deputy Commissioner said city corporation was doing indoor fogging that would drive out the mosquito thats preads dengue. Fever clinics have been opened at three places. Preliminary tests for dengue and malaria are being carried out at all the Urban Primary Health Centres, Mr. Senthil said. Earlier, the DC visited the family of 12-year-old dengue victim Shradha Shetty in Jeppu. Mangaluru City Corporation Commissioner Mohammed Nazi and District Health and Family Welfare Officer M. Ramakrishna Rao accompanied Mr. Senthil. Activists Suresh Shetty and Nemu Kottary asked Mr. Senthil to carry out the exercise to clear vector-breeding sites thoroughly.

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