Bhubaneswar, July 31: Keeping all its wings engaged for dengue prevention activities Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has reached out to its citizens today in an expanded strategy. Team BMC divided in nine groups started intensive awareness in different pockets of its three administrative zones.
As per the instruction of Commissioner Sanjaya Kumar Singh team members supervised sanitation works at 5.30 AM today followed by dengue prevention awareness at 8 AM. Concerned officers and staff members along with Swachha sathis and other volunteers started their move to the communities to counsel and sensitize on prevention behavior.
Home visits, counseling, source reduction, slogan and public address system were the important communication tools used to sensitise community members. Besides officials, Swachha Sathis and NGO volunteers paid home visits and organized small group discussions.
While on movement the awareness drive also did the source reduction activities like taking out tyres dumped by the people, draining out of water sources found to be as breeding places and on spot demonstration of regular cleaning of water containers.
The massive drive included fogging and spraying in the areas where awareness drive took place. A fogging vehicle branded with prevention messages covered tit bit of the basti areas followed by awareness drive. Besides, stagnant water spots were sprayed for destroying larva.
Messages on availability government facilities for testing and treatment, household practice, community responsibility and informing at nearby government health facilities perceiving signs and symptoms of dengue and fever cases were given during the small group discussions.