GUWAHATI, Oct 9 - The State Health department wants the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) to bring in laws that would mandate them to impose penalty on those responsible for creating breeding space for Aedes mosquito (dengue) in their homes or workplaces.
However, despite the GMC, too, throwing its weight behind the legislation, no tangible progress has been seen for reasons best known to them.
As per the Health department, every year nearly 90 per cent of the total cases of dengue in the State are reported from Guwahati alone.
Till last week, a total of 105 positive dengue cases have been reported in the State with Kamrup Metro district reporting 27 cases, followed by Jorhat (13) and Dibrugarh (10). So far, no dengue related death has been reported.
In its bid to eliminate the presence of Aedes mosquito, which is the main carrier of dengue, the Health department is for a concerted drive to prevent the prevalence of the disease, stated senior officials the department.
�Guwahati being the hot-spot of the disease needs a cohesive source reduction drive involving all the line departments be it GMC or the Health department. Unfortunately, not much has been done to nip the health hazard in its bud. A strict law focusing more on preventive mechanism could turn out to be a game changer,� sources said.
Officials of the National Health Mission (NHM) further informed that in Guwahati, defunct artificial fountains located in various private and public places are the main sources of Aedes mosquito along with water reservoirs, refrigerators and air coolers, etc.
According to senior officials of the Health department, it is this time of the year that cases of dengue are more prevalent. According to the senior officials of the NHM, the month of October is the peak season of prevalence for the dengue disease. The season will continue till December.
Last year, altogether 166 dengue cases were reported in Assam and going by the current trend, this year, the number of cases may break the past year�s tally.
Meanwhile, the Health department, during a recently held meeting, also requested the Education department to introduce lessons on vector-borne diseases in the school level textbooks. The department was also urged to include subjects like �prevention of vector-borne disease� as topics to be discussed during morning assembly in schools.