Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Fogging work irregularities come to light - Source LT

n SWM cell directed to ensure that fogging and spraying of insecticides is done regularly and work record kept

Expressing disappointment over the irregularities in fogging and spraying of insecticides in the city, the standing committee today directed the solid waste management (SWM) cell to deploy its sanitary workers for the task and ensure that they obtain signatures of ward corporators acknowledging their work.
Referring to the case of corporator Preeti Totla, who claims to be suffering from dengue due to unhygienic conditions in her ward, Girjaram Halnor drew the attention of the chairman towards the irregularities in fogging and spraying in the city. 
While giving her clarification, health officer Dr Jaishree Kulkarni said citizens need not have to worry as the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) laboratory has confirmed that the corporator is not suffering from dengue, but bronchitis.
Dr Kulkarni continued, "Under the Urban Malaria Scheme, ward officers (WOs) submit reports of fogging and spraying. The work is carried out with the help of 64 manual (mounted on back) spraying machines, 12 fogging machines and two vehicle-mounted spraying machines. Apart from this, the responsibility of fogging in Cidco and Hudco sectors is with six contractors who have 11 fogging machines and 24 spraying machines." 
Disagreeing with her clarification, members told the meeting that they hardly see any sanitary worker doing his job properly. 
Standing committee chairman Vikas Jain also supported their observation. "The percentage of fogging and spraying should be at least 50 per cent, but it is hardly 10-15 per cent. The figures are quite disappointing," Jain said and directed the health officer to deploy teams on the job of fogging and spraying and ask them to obtain the signatures of ward corporators acknowledging their work. 
"This will help civic officials to answer the queries and keep a vigil on workers," he said.• SWM cell directed to ensure that fogging and spraying of insecticides is done regularly and work record kept

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