With the monsoon almost arrived the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is planning several pro-active measures to control the spread of vector-borne diseases like Malaria and Dengue.
Addressing a press conference on Friday Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu said that an elaborate plan had been prepared to keep the “disease loads” in check. The VMC would provide services to the affected at their door step. All that was required of the citizens was to make a call to a toll free helpline. “We have asked for the easy-to-remember toll-free number 2000. It will come into operation in four or five days. But citizens can begin calling toll-free number 1800-425-2000 right away,” he said.
An army of 300 malaria workers would each cover 250 houses per day executing anti-larval operations, plant-derived pheromone (PDP) treatment, pyrethrum spraying, fogging operations and indoor residual spraying, the Commissioner said.
A seven-day schedule was prepared for anti-larval programmes and a 45-day schedule for indoor residual spraying (IRS).