Sunday, April 11

Kolkata: Malaria tests for pavement dwellers

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The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) health department has formed a mobile team to conduct a special drive for malaria tests among the pavement dwellers.

A meeting was held at the civic headquarters where its health wing doctors expressed concerns over rising number of malaria cases among Kolkata’s pavement dwellers especially in large parts of central and northern Kolkata.

After a detailed discussion, it was decided that the KMC health department will press into service mobile medical vans that will do rounds in central Kolkata pavements from next month with an objective to collect blood samples from pavement dwellers.

A KMC health department official said the samples would be tested to prove whether the danger of malaria was lurking in the areas where the civic body had registered the maximum cases in 2019.

“We have targeted Taltala, SN Banerjee Road, Elliot Road, Park Street and its adjacent localities, and our mobile teams will visit these areas to collect blood samples,” said KMC deputy mayor Atin Ghosh.


Source: Times of India

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