‘Store worn-out tyres, tubes in closed rooms’ – TAMIL NADU

The District administration has called upon the automobile workshops, lorry sheds, and vulcanising shops functioning across the district to stock the worn-out tyres and tubes in closed rooms and not to throw them in open space to prevent stagnation of water in them.

Following the outbreak of dengue in different parts of the district, the district administration and the health department have launched various initiatives to contain the spreading of dengue.

Households, workshops and business establishments have been directed not to give room for stagnation of water and destroy all the mosquito breeding sources immediately, an official press release of District Collector V. Sampath and K. Poongodi, Deputy Director of Health, issued here on Thursday said.

The release called upon the owners of automobile workshops to comply with this order within four days. The release warned those who failed to comply with the directive with stringent legal action under the Sections 41, 43 and 44 of the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act 1939. The district administration and the other local bodies will also cancel the licence of such establishments with immediate effect, the release added.

The District Collector V. Sampath has been conducting regular meetings with the heads of various departments in different parts of the district to monitor the progress of the anti-dengue measures. According to him, nilavembu kashayam has been distributed to more than five lakh residents of the district in the last one month.

Meanwhile, R. Sadheesh, Corporation Commissioner, launched a mass cleaning and awareness campaign in Hasthampatti area in the city on Thursday. He said about 2,500 workers have been employed by Corporation in the cleaning operation in different parts of the city in the last few days.

The Corporation Commissioner later inspected the urban primary health centre at South Azhagapuram and made enquiries about the visit of patients, and availability of medicines.

‘Co-operate with

civic staff’

Even while intensifying the anti-dengue measures, the health department has initiated action against the people who failed to cooperate with the authorities in these activities.

Domestic breeding of mosquitoes is one of the main factors responsible for people contracting the fever. Coconut shells, worn-out tyres, flower pots, birds and dog feeders left in the open are known to be places where mosquito breeds.

Showcause notice

The department has served showcause notice on a few households, shops, hotels for not cooperating with the officials and preventing them from discharging their duties. Police has also registered a few cases.

The health department on Wednesday has cancelled the sanitary certificates issued to four private school managements in the district for not complying with the directive to keep the premises neat and tidy, K. Poongodi, Deputy Director of Health, said.

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