Monsoon hit the national capital on Thursday, a day ahead of its scheduled arrival.
New Delhi: With the arrival of monsoon in the national capital, Delhi lieutenant-governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Thursday directed local bodies and other agencies to intensify vector-control measures here.
He also directed the authorities concerned to ensure coordination with neighbouring states in tackling vector-borne diseases.
The directives were issued at a meeting that was chaired by the L-G to discuss the status of measures taken to combat mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and malaria, and seasonal influenza in the city.
The meeting was attended by health minister Satyendar Jain, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) chairperson Naresh Kumar and senior officers of the health and urban development departments.
Three municipal commissioners and public works department, police, railway and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials among others were also present.
In the meeting, the L-G was informed that letters along with an advisory, including “dos & don’ts”, has been prepared and sent to various government and private offices, buildings and institutions for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases, according to a statement issued by the L-G office.
“The L-G has directed for intensification of vector-control measures by field staff of local bodies (domestic breeding checkers (DBCs) ..Regular house-to-house visits for checking and eliminating all possible breeding sites should be made, besides regular monitoring of DBCs by higher officials,” the L-G office said.
The statement read that Mr Baijal has directed the government and civic bodies to motivate resident welfare associations (RWAs) and general public to participate in prevention of breeding of mosquitoes.
Community leaders and field level agencies should also be involved in generating awareness in the community, the L-G office said.
The statement stated that Mr Baijal has also directed to intensify vector-control activities and community awareness activities in identified high-risk wards and underprivileged areas, unauthorised colonies, JJ Clusters and construction sites.
The lieutenant-governor has asked for regular review meetings at the level of district magistrates with all stakeholders in order to review the situation in their respective districts.