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GVMC gears up for monsoon

GVMC gears up for monsoon
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The public health department of GVMC prepared an action plan to prevent communicable diseases during the monsoon.The plan includes removing silt from all the drains so that water logging could be prevented.Talking to this correspondent, chief medical officer of GVMC Dr A Hemanth Kumar said the sanitation wing has identified major drains in the city, Bhimili and Anakapalle where the silt has to b

Visakhapatnam: The public health department of GVMC prepared an action plan to prevent communicable diseases during the monsoon.The plan includes removing silt from all the drains so that water logging could be prevented.Talking to this correspondent, chief medical officer of GVMC Dr A Hemanth Kumar said the sanitation wing has identified major drains in the city, Bhimili and Anakapalle where the silt has to be removed to ensure free flow of storm water.

Highlights:

  • Sanitation wing has identified major drains in the city where the silt has to be removed to ensure free flow of storm water, says GVMC CMO Dr A Hemanth Kumar
  • Eighty per cent of the work is completed and the remaining work will be completed within a few days, he said
  • The public health department launched door-to-door campaign to create awareness among the people on the diseases that are common in this season
  • Residents should prevent stagnation of water in flower pots, air coolers and refrigerators, says pathologist Dr A Yamini

“We have completed 80 per cent of the work and the remaining work would be completed within a few days,’’ said Dr Hemanth Kumar.The public health department has also launched door-to-door campaign to create awareness among the people on the diseases that are common in this season and how to take preventive steps.

“As per our action plan we have cleaned drains running into nearly 100 km and de-silted most of the drains. We have also conducted medical camps and are continuing with anti-larval operations in high-risk areas. We are also concentrating on solid waste management and 100 per cent door-to-door garbage collection too,’’ he added.

Pathologist Dr A Yamini said residents should prevent stagnation of water in flower pots, air coolers and refrigerators. All sources of water such as wells and storage tanks should be covered and cleaned to avert breeding of mosquitoes and prevent mosquito borne diseases. She suggested use of repellents, disinfectants and take precautions to stay away from mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches and termites.

Senior advocate of the city, M Leela Prasad and a resident of Ramnagar said after Hudhud hit the city, the GVMC officials forgot to cover the open drains. “We laid the lids with own expenses. But the trespassers and local residents had demolished the slabs by parking vehicles and standing on those,” he added.

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