With 719 dengue and 202 chikungunya cases reported in Bengaluru this year, T M Vijay Bhaskar, the commissioner of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) announced a slew of awareness measures to contain their spread.
The measures include putting up banners, flexes, and advertisements, and staging street plays in every ward to create awareness on preventive measures and symptoms. The BBMP will soon take out a rally on dengue and chikungunya awareness.
"Assembly segments like Rajajinagar, Bommanahalli and Vijayanagar have reported the highest number of dengue cases. 158 dengue cases were reported from these three localities 62 from Bommanahalli, 41 from Rajajinagar and 55 from Vijayanagar," said T M Vijay Bhaskar.
BBMP Commissioner G Kumar Naik said, "Gangmen will carry out spraying and fogging in vulnerable locations and the awareness program will be intensified. The BBMP Health Department has deputed four gangmen with big vehicles and power sprayers to each ward. A drive will be taken up in construction areas considered to be in the 'red zone'."
The department has so far conducted 196 health camps across the city, and health workers, link workers and ASHA workers have been deputed to vulnerable locations to identify breeding places and educate the public. It has covered 40,936 houses and 1,513 of 3,027 big construction sites so far.
"We have held 206 rallies and 360 street plays. In schools and colleges, we've conducted 618 such programs," said Naik.