The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is taking proactive measures to prevent water accumulation and curb the chances of mosquito breeding in Durga Puja pandals. As the construction of pandals across Kolkata is in full swing, there is a risk of water accumulating in the open ends of bamboo poles or potholes, which could become breeding grounds for the dengue-causing mosquito, Aedes Aegypti. This could potentially result in an increase in dengue cases in the city.
To address this issue, the KMC has written to Durga Puja committees, urging them to seal the open ends of bamboo poles used for the construction of pandals with sand, mud, or cloth. The municipal corporation has also called for similar preventive measures to be taken for bamboos used for advertisements. By sealing these open ends, the risk of water accumulation can be significantly reduced, thereby minimizing the breeding grounds for mosquitos.
Furthermore, the KMC has decided to intensify its efforts to identify the sources of dengue patients. The civic body plans to focus more on reported patients and probable sources in each ward. This proactive approach aims to tackle the root causes of dengue cases and prevent further spread of the disease.
The KMC’s initiative to engage with Durga Puja committees underscores the importance of community involvement in addressing public health concerns. By working together, the municipality and the organizers of Durga Puja can mitigate the risk of mosquito breeding, enhancing the safety and well-being of residents and visitors during the festive season.
– Durga Puja: A Hindu festival that celebrates the goddess Durga’s triumph over evil.
– Mosquito breeding: The process by which mosquitos lay their eggs and reproduce.
– Aedes Aegypti: A species of mosquito that is known to transmit diseases such as dengue fever and Zika virus.
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