By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: As dengue fever cases crossed the 120 mark in the state capital this month, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) launched a ‘dry day’ campaign on Thursday to curb the spread of the disease with vector transmission in the city.

Residents during the campaign were sensitized and advised to search their premises thoroughly every Thursday and Sunday and to destroy sources of mosquito breeding. They were asked to remove earthen pots, flowerpots, containers, tires, etc., where rainwater can be stored for days, allowing Aedes mosquito larvae to breed.

The campaign was launched from three dengue-affected areas in three zones – South West, South East and North – of the city. Mayor Sulochana Das took part in the campaign in Nayapalli in the South West Zone, while City Commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange joined the initiative in Chandrasekharpur area of ​​the North Zone. In the southeast area, the line was launched from Unit IX by the local Corporal and other BMC officials.

“The idea of ​​observing a dry day is to raise awareness and ensure cleanliness at the household level in residential areas to prevent mosquito breeding. We urge citizens to actively participate in the fight against the spread of dengue fever and other vector-borne diseases in the city,” the mayor said.

Kulange said the campaign is focused on bringing dengue fever cases to zero in the city. “If citizens keep their environment clean and follow a dry day on Thursday and Sunday every week, we can definitely break the larval cycle and contain the spread of the threat,” Kulange said.

The civic body enlisted health and sanitation workers, Swachha Sathis, residents’ welfare associations, a seniors’ association and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the threat of dengue in slums, residential societies and other places.

According to authorities at the capital’s hospital, more than 120 dengue fever cases have been detected in the city so far. BMC officials also said that places like Niladri Vihar, Chandrasekharpur, Damana, Patia, Unit IX and Nayapalli have witnessed an upsurge in dengue fever cases, which is worrying the civic body.