Drive on vector borne disease in Margao
With the Commercial Capital figuring in the top five high risk cities in respect of vector borne diseases, the Margao Urban Health Centre has launched a drive in the city to turn the city from high risk area to no risk city by 2013 end.
Urban Health Officer, Dr Sanjay Dalvi launched the community awareness drive on vector borne diseases from Aquem area in collaboration with local Margao Municipal Councilor Damu Shirodkar.
Dr Dalvi said that vector borne cases including Malaria, filarial, dengue and chikungunia are on the rise in the state and Margao is no exception. “Unfortunately, Margao falls within the top five high risk cities in the state. This is a matter of concern. We have take steps to change the situation from a high risk city to no risk city”, he added..
He made an impassioned plea to citizens not to wait for the health department or the local Municipality to clean the surroundings from factors influencing breeding grounds for mosquitoes. “Citizens can take care of coconut shells, abandoned tyres and bottles from their backyard. Don’t wait for the health and municipal officials to come and clear your surroundings”, he added.
In his address, ward Councilor Damu Shirodkar promised all cooperation to the health authorities to spread awareness on vector borne diseases in his ward. A local resident Sandeep Painginkar also spoke. Margao Urban Medical Officer Dr Anju Kharangate was present. [H]