Berhampur, May 16 (LocalWire): Ganjam district administration today decided to take active measures to control dengue, ahead of the onset of monsoons, when the vector-borne disease transmits rapidly.
The administration has decided to observe two days in a week as ‘dry days’ to clean stagnant water where the mosquitoes breed and to educate people about maintaining personal hygiene and cleanness in their surroundings.
This was decided in a meeting held to observe National Dengue Day at Chhatrapur, the district headquarter town. District Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange presided over the meeting.
He stressed on the involvement of students in the anti-dengue awareness drive.
He said students should be sensitized about anti-dengue measures. It should start soon after schools reopened after summer vacations.
Preventive measures assumed significance as dengue increased marginally last year in the district.
In the last three years, no one died due to dengue, said the chief district medical officer, Bijay Kumar Panigrahy.
Unofficial sources, however, claimed dengue cases went unreported since patients went to Vishakhapatnam for treatment instead of government hospitals here.
Berhampur, the major commercial hub of southern Odisha is considered one of the vulnerable areas in the district. Last year, Silk City recorded 40 dengue cases in the district. Similarly 59 and 72 positive dengue cases were reported in Berhampur in the year of 2017 and 2016 respectively, sources said.