Anti-malaria wing finds these potential breeding grounds for larvae; schools put on notice Dengue threat is looming large over schools and colleges in the city. The anti-malaria wing has found these as potential breeding grounds for dengue larvae and has alerted the Education Department in this regard.

The DPI (Schools) has issued notices and sought a report from all principals. The Health Department has directed the Education Department to appoint a nodal officer in every  school.
Sources said the Health Department inspected all schools and colleges in the city for dengue during which 15 schools  and two colleges  were “found positive for dengue larvae”.

The department found Government Model High School, Sector 25, the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, and the Post Graduate College for Girls, Sector 42, lacking in hygiene. Some other schools were also found wanting in the matter of hygiene with water tanks not covered and certain areas on the premises having stagnant water.

The anti-malaria wing asked the Education Department  to take remedial steps for safety against dengue. The DPI (Schools) has instructed the schools to take appropriate action and submit a detailed action-taken report within three days.

The Assistant Director (Malaria) and nodal officer for the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Dr Anil Garg, confirmed that 15 schools were found wanting in terms of “safety from dengue”.

The Health Department has instructed the school heads to take a serious note of the matter failing which administrative action would be taken under the Epidemic  Diseases Act — 1897.
DPI (Schools) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said following directions from the anti-malaria wing, all schools had been issued notices and a reply had been sought from them.

Source: November 2, 2015, The Tribune