August 29, 2016
Thanjavur: The officials and sanitary workers of the rural development department and the Public Health Department have jointly launched a week-long special drive to destroy all the possible mosquito breeding sources in the rural areas of Thanjavur district, and to create awareness among the villagers on dengue.
The special drive will be carried on in all the 589 villages in the district, till September 2, starting today. As part of the drive, Collector A. Annadurai kicked off the mass cleaning movement, undertaken by the sanitary workers at Thalavapalayam village in Katharinatham Panchayat today.
“As part of Dengue awareness programme, the special drive is aimed at destroying all the possible mosquito breeding sources in all the 589 villages in the district,” Annadurai said.
Dengue, a perennial disease, is more common during monsoon, when there are more potential breeding grounds for female Aedes aegypti mosquitos that can transmit the disease to humans, he said.
These sanitary workers will clean up all the roads, government buildings, schools, houses, and water sources in all the villages in the district, and destroy all the possible mosquito breeding spots.
The collector also exhorted the public to help destroy all mosquito breeding sites like old tyres, tin cans, dish drainer, under the kitchen sinks, and kitchen drawers in their houses. “Always clean the roof gutters, cover pails of water, and replace water in flower vases regularly to prevent eggs from morphing into adults, he said.
If there is stagnant water that cannot be covered for some reason, try to put salt to make it saline and kill the eggs or larvae, he added.