Deputy Commissioner Bathinda Mr Praneet today called upon the Bathinda residents to keep their surroundings clean in order to prevent vector borne diseases like dengue, malaria etc. Presiding over meeting held to discuss prevention of vector borne diseases in the district, Mr Praneet said people should ensure that no water stands accumulated for long at the trays on backside of refrigerators, bowls for feeding birds, pots or any other utensils or earthen ware where water is accumulated. Mr Praneet said that so far 249 confirmed cases of dengue have been reported in the district, which includes 80 to 85 imported cases (cases wherein patients have been affected in other states). He stated that 1600 challans have been issued to those people in whose households/commercial establishments, dengue larvae were detected. It has been decided that while defaulter will be penalized first time. if larvae is found at the same place second time, the defaulter will be judicially challaned.
He added that besides providing proper medical facilities to the dengue patients, the Municipal Corporation Bathinda and urban local bodies in district were conducting regular fogging. While Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) has been conducting fogging twice a day, the urban local bodies too are fogging areas under respective jurisdiction. He added that it was duty of the citizens too to ensure that mosquitoes do not breed in their near vicinity. When fogging is being conducted, people should ensure to keep doors and windows of their houses open to let the fogging spray in their house.Municipal Commissioner and Deputy Director Local Bodies Dr Rishi Pal said that the Municipal Corporation Bathinda was soon purchasing five new hand held fogging machines that will enable deeper penetration of fogging. He added that similarly, fogging was being conducted in the urban local bodies.