VIJAYAWADA : Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar has asked the officials to take all necessary precautionary measures to curb the spreading of Dengue, Malaria and other seasonal diseases in the monsoon.
As there is a possibility of water pollution and breeding of mosquitoes -which is the vector of most diseases- the Chief Secretary wanted officials to start fogging and desilting of drains, to control the bredding of mosquitoes. He also asked officials to focus on maintenance of drains.
During a review meeting with officials of Medical and Health, Municipal, Panchayat Raj and Tribal Welfare departments at the Interim Government Complex in Velagapudi on Monday, Dinesh Kumar suggested them to organise special drives to sensitise people over the steps needed to protect them from seasonal and other communicable diseases.
He directed senior level officials to make field level inspections to monitor the ground reality with regard to the steps being taken to control seasonal diseases, rather than depending on the reports from lower officials. He informed that those officials found neglecting their duties will invite action being taken against them.
Asking the officials to ensure supply of purified drinking water to people, the top bureaucrat suggested they conduct internal reviews from time to time to monitor the precautionary measures being taken.
Health department Principal Secretary Poonam Malakondaiah said that they have already distributed mosquito nets in tribal areas and have also kept adequate medicines in hospitals. Tribal Welfare department Principal Secretary R P Sisodia, Director of Municipal Administration K Kannababu, Family Welfare Commission Sujatha Sharma and other officials were present.