Tuesday, September 4, 2012

India: Dengue like an epidemic in some areas, concedes Kolkata mayor

Sep 4, 2012

 KOLKATA: Dengue outbreak has taken the proportion of an epidemic over the last couple of weeks, but the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is yet to put an extra effort to prevent it from spreading. Sources in the KMC told TOI that the civic body had to "compromise" with dengue awareness campaign this year for want of funds.

 However, the KMC has finally woken up and went on a damage-control drive, with mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who even a week ago dismissed the gravity of dengue outbreak by saying it was a "routine" phenomenon, on Monday admitting that the situation was grave and it can take the proportion of an epidemic in some areas of the city.

The civic body has now set up a dozen of makeshift dengue clinics, started distributing leaflets and also assigned autos to spread awareness on the disease. "We have intensified our drive against dengue across the city. It is true that dengue has been spreading in some areas in Kolkata very fast. We have devised our plans to combat the disease accordingly," Chatterjee said on Monday.

Continued:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Dengue-like-an-epidemic-in-some-areas-concedes-Kolkata-mayor/articleshow/16243848.cms

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