Hyderabad: Hyderabad City Congress Committee (HCCC) Minorities Department Chairman Sameer Waliullah informed that free fogging services would be provided in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad to control the mosquito menace.
Sameer Waliullah, in a media statement on Saturday, said that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has failed to control the mosquito menace which consequently resulted in outbreak of Dengue, Malaria and other vector borne diseases. He said despite alarming rise in cases of Dengue and Malaria, the GHMC did not take up fogging operations across Hyderabad at a large scale. Therefore, he said it has been decided to conduct fogging operations in affected areas at private level.
The Congress leader said that a Helpline Number has been started where people can call if they wish to conduct fogging in their neighbourhood. He said people can call on the Mobile No. 9100109111 and their request would be listed and the fogging machine, along with operators, would be sent. People can also send request through Twitter @sameerwaliullah.
He also informed that anti-larval treatment would also be undertaken at sources of stagnated water like tanks in individual residences. He said medical camps would be organised in different areas to provide free checkup and medicines for Dengue and other viral diseases.
Sameer Waliullah said that the health conditions in Hyderabad have turned from bad to worse during this monsoon. The GHMC officials have been making tall claims of having taken up fogging and anti-larval operations in their limits. However, the number of vector-borne diseases reported in public and private hospitals have exposed that the civic authorities were either lying or did not do their job properly. He said that the GHMC conducted fogging and anti-larval operations in a symbolic manner while neglecting the intensity of the situation. He said that the GHMC should have been in active mode in view of extended monsoon season.
Although there are no rains in the city since a few days, several cases of Dengue, Malaria and other viral diseases are still being reported. Therefore, he said anti-Dengue campaign should be taken up on mission mode and every citizen must be involved to control the menace.
The Congress leader said that the Dengue and other disease reported in the last 3-4 months had a huge impact on common man. While many lives were lost, common people, cumulatively, have spent crores of rupees on diagnosis and treatment in private hospitals.
TRS Government took no measures to regulate pricing in private hospitals and they extorted huge amounts while taking advantage of fear psychosis. Since the GHMC authorities appeared in no mood to help the people, he said it has been decided to hire fogging machines in private capacity to engage in the battle against Dengue and other vector-borne disease.
Sameer Waliullah has sought the cooperation of all the workers of Congress party and urged them to actively participate in the campaign.