Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner S Sasikanth Senthil warned educational institutions that action would be taken against them if it is found that they have not taken measures to clear stagnated water in their premises within three days.
As the district is witnessing a spurt in the number of dengue cases, DC Senthil convened a meeting at the Town Hall on Monday, July 29 and asked all the representatives of the various educational institutions to clear the stagnated water in their respective premises. “Even a teaspoon of stagnated water is enough for mosquitoes to breed, which leads to a spread of dengue. Don’t allow even a small amount of water to stagnate on terraces, window sunshade, flower pots or in any discarded vessels,” he said.
“Larvae hunting should be a primary objective as they have been found in several educational institutions during visits by officials. Every educational institution should form an active team for larva hunting and destroy them,” Senthil instructed.
He asked headmasters, principals and the heads of all educational institutions to use children as an ambassadors to create awareness on dengue. “If a child is armed with proper information about how mosquitoes breed, how they spread dengue, what precautionary measures should be taken etc., that child will definitely create awareness among their parents and neighbours,” he added.
Special team to inspect educational institutions
The DC informed that a special team would be formed to visit educational institutions and hostels to ensure that there are no breeding grounds for mosquitoes. If any educational institution is found with mosquito breeding centres, action will be taken against then and they will be named in public. Meanwhile, educational institutions should ask their students to cover their bodies with proper clothing and apply neem oil on their exposed skin to prevent mosquitoes from biting them, he informed.
DK District Health Officer M Ramakrishna Rao, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) Y Shivaramaiah, Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) Mohammed Nazir, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Gayathri Nayak and social activist Suresh Shetty were also present.