With dengue and viral fevers claiming 50 lives so far, the Firozabad district administration in Uttar Pradesh has issued an order to drain standing water from coolers, pots and plastic utensils, among others, to prevent the spread of disease.
District Magistrate Chandra Vijay Singh instructed officials of the municipal company and health department to do so.
Following the order, council personnel began a door-to-door survey today, corporation sources said.
The step has been taken to eliminate mosquitoes that breed in the standing water of coolers, pots and plastic utensils to reduce the chances of spreading dengue.
Known for its bracelets and glassworks, Firozabad is about 50 km from Agra and 320 km from the capital Lucknow.
The district has been battling an outbreak of dengue and viral fever for two weeks that has so far claimed 50 lives, mostly of children.
Government officials of Uttar Pradesh, including Chief Secretary (Medical Education) Alok Kumar, reached the government medical university today and have been in contact with dengue and viral fever patients admitted to various wards.
Kumar also went to Salai Primary Health Center and then to Abbas Nagar — one of the affected areas — from where he had 8-year-old Hashmi and 11-year-old Zeenat admitted to the medical university.
Node Officer Sudhir Kumar Bobde also visited the medical school and other affected areas.
Given the seriousness of the problem, a six-member team from the Union Ministry of Health had arrived here to investigate all aspects of the disease, Agra Division’s Additional Director (Health) AK Singh said on Friday.
Some similar cases have also been found in neighboring Mathura, Agra and Mainpuri, officials added.
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