This year, city officials in Delhi, which will host the G20 summit in September, will primarily focus on fumigating monument sites, hotels, and markets using drones and artificial intelligence-based platforms in an effort to prevent dengue.
For the benefit of the visiting delegates of the powerful bloc, a senior MCD official has stated, “Our plan is to make the city cleaner, safer, and more vibrant.”
India took over as president of the Group of Twenty (G20) on December 1. More than 200 G20 meetings will take place at 55 different locations across the country during the September summit.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MCD) said in a statement released on Saturday that it has “envisioned a complete and accurate and pro-active plan to prevent dengue this week with special focus on G-20 session venues, monuments, hotels, shopping malls, famous financial sectors, and other places of group meeting of the electors.”
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As part of this strategy, we will use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone to simultaneously perform vector surveillance and anti-larval spray activity on major drains.
Our plan is to introduce larvivorous fish to bodies of water where they will feast on mosquito larvae, effectively eliminating the pests’ larval stage. According to the statement, if fogging is required, it will be carried out sustainably in light of NCVBDCP guidelines and NGT orders.
The Department will require insecticide rotation to prevent mosquito and larval resistance. Together with local stakeholders, MCD will focus on eliminating breeding grounds for the pests responsible for spreading disease in public gathering places, hotels, monuments, tourists, shopping centres, and prominent markets.
In an effort to increase public participation, officials will keep in regular contact with Resident Welfare Associations, religious leaders, and market associations. There will also be meetings to coordinate efforts between different fields.
As part of the coordinated effort to locate breeding sites, eliminate them, and educate the public, we will have extra personnel available to switch gears and visit each and every residence.
To facilitate targeted intervention, officials have stated that deputy health officers will be tasked with identifying vulnerable colonies and hot spots using vector indices and cases reported in previous years.
Circle-in-charges will keep an eye on the work of the domestic breeding checking team, and entomologists, AMOs, epidemiologists, and DHOs will perform random audits of the work register. If a high breeding index is reported from any area, the regional entomologist can offer advice on how to control the vector population.
So that randomised tests of insecticidal sensitivity can be conducted, it is intended to get the entomology lab up and running with more resources. An entomologist at headquarters would review reports from Zonal Entomological Teams, and then send a weekly report to the appropriate authorities.
The statement claims that the NIMR will use live mosquito samples sent from all zones by the respective zonal entomologists in order to detect dengue and chikungunya viruses.
According to Municipal Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti, the entire city has been factored into the action plan to combat dengue, with a focus on the G-20 summit areas.
MCD planned to implement more stringent controls this year to ensure a higher success rate. Then he said that this would be helpful in the years to come.
Meetings and excursions for the G20 summit will take place in a variety of historically significant locations, some of which are under central protection and others are not.
Circle-in-charges will keep an eye on the work of the domestic breeding checking team, and entomologists, AMOs, epidemiologists, and DHOs will perform random audits of the work register. If there are reports of a high breeding index in any given area, local entomologists will assist with vector population control.
Once the entomological lab is fully operational, random insecticide sensitivity tests will be performed. An entomologist at headquarters would review reports from Zonal Entomological Teams, and a weekly report would be sent to all relevant authorities.