Bengal Govt to conduct awareness campaign on animal cruelty

The State Animal Welfare Board will conduct awareness programmes on cruelties against animals. The programmes will be conducted in collaboration with CSPCA Animal Hospital (located on BB Ganguly Street).

The main purpose of the programme is to make people from various walks of life and school students aware about cruelties against animals which often take place on the streets of Kolkata as well as in the districts.

An official of the Animal Resources Development Department said that the Government would urge the Centre to formulate a policy to set up a National Animal Rights Commission in order to systematically with cases of cruelty to animals. There will be a more stringent mechanism to prosecute those who inflict injuries on street dogs and other animals.

Source: Millennium Post

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Govt not to tolerate any negligence in dengue cases: Bengal CM

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the State Government will not tolerate any kind of negligence to tackle dengue cases in the state. In her speech during the Assembly session, she said that everybody has to work together to prevent further spread of the disease.

“The State Government did not neglect diseases like dengue, malaria and encephalitis,” she said. She emphasised on taking preventive measures and asked the MLA s of the Opposition parties for helping the State Government to spread awareness of this disease.

She also said that the State Government has taken several drives to combat the deadly mosquito-borne virus. During this campaign, 87,000 additional workers have been deployed for cleaning of roads, drains, water bodies, regular lifting of waste and garbage from roads, markets,hospitals and major places of the town, scientific management of solid waste by way of using around 200 compactors.

Various cleanliness activities are being undertaken in each ward by involving councillors, health functionaries, self-help groups, ICDS workers, conservancy workers, schools, colleges, clubs, market committee members and various government organisations. In all, the 125 municipalities intensive awareness campaigns are being conducted to spread health awareness on vector-borne diseases.


ডেঙ্গু মোকাবিলায় কোনও গাফিলতি বরদাস্ত করা হবে না: মুখ্যমন্ত্রী

ডেঙ্গু মোকাবিলায় কর্তব্যে কোনও গাফিলতি বরদাস্ত করা হবে না একথা জানিয়ে দিলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়৷ বিধানসভায় এদিন তিনি তাঁর বক্তব্যে বলেন, ‘ডেঙ্গু নিয়ে রাজনীতি করা উচিত নয়৷ এই সময়ে রাজ্যের পাশে থাকা উচিত বিরোধীদের’৷ অন্যদিকে, ডেঙ্গু মোকাবিলায় কড়া ব্যবস্থা নিয়েছে কলকাতা পুরসভা৷

তিনি বলেন, “রাজ্য সরকার ডেঙ্গু, ম্যালেরিয়া এবং এনসেফালাইটিসের মত রোগ অবহেলা করে না”। তিনি প্রতিরোধমূলক ব্যবস্থা গ্রহণ করার ওপর গুরুত্ব আরোপ করেন এবং এই রোগ সম্পর্কে সচেতনতা ছড়িয়ে দিতে বিরোধী দলের বিধায়কদের রাজ্য সরকারকে সাহায্য করার কথা বলেন।

তিনি আরও বলেন, যে সরকার মশাবাহিত বিভিন্ন রোগের বিরুদ্ধে অনেক প্রতিরোধমূলক ব্যবস্থা নিয়েছে। রাস্তা, ড্রেন, জলাশয়, বর্জ্য ও রাস্তাঘাট, বাজার, হাসপাতাল ও শহরের বিভিন্ন স্থান পরিষ্কার করার জন্য ৮৭,০০০ অতিরিক্ত শ্রমিক মোতায়েন করা হয়েছে এবং ২০০টি কম্প্যাক্টর বসানো হয়েছে।

বিভিন্ন কাউন্সিলরসহ স্বাস্থ্য কর্মকর্তা, স্বনির্ভর গোষ্ঠী, আই সি ডি এস কর্মী, শ্রমিক, স্কুল, কলেজ, ক্লাব, বাজার কমিটির সদস্য ও বিভিন্ন সরকারি প্রতিষ্ঠানের দ্বারা প্রতিটি ওয়ার্ডে পরিষ্কার পরিচ্ছনতার কাজ শুরু হয়েছে। সব মিলিয়ে ১২৫টি পৌরসভায় মশা বাহিত বিভিন্ন রোগের জন্য সচেতনতামূলক কাজ শুরু হয়েছে।

KMC readies for battle against malaria and dengue

Even before the monsoon arrived in the city, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities have chalked out a detailed public awareness campaign to fight mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and malaria.

“July and August record the highest rainfall in Kolkata every year and heavy monsoon gives possible rise to breeding of mosquito larvae that in course might cause spread of diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya. Our fight is to prevent such rise through mass awareness and hence the initiative,” Atin Ghosh, member, mayor-in-council (health), told.

Mass awareness programme

KMC’s mass awareness campaign against spread of dengue and malaria would include dos and don’ts to prevent breeding of mosquito larvae across the city.

Civic officials plan an extensive round-the-year awareness campaign and have also scheduled food and water safety campaign in the festive months from October to December.

“During these three months, Hindus, Muslims and Christians have festivals and with the celebrations seeing additional footfalls, they create an opportunity for selling food, coloured water, and soft drinks, among others. We only want to sensitise the masses about the food safety norms, which needs to be followed while purchasing food products during the festivities,” a senior doctor with KMC’s health department said.

Food safety norms

KMC will also put up over 4,000 billboards on the streets of Kolkata as part of the awareness campaign on food safety norms. According to sources, KMC will be spending over lakh to make consumers and sellers aware about the food safety norms in context of the recent Maggi controversy.

“Solid waste management workers collecting garbage from every doorstep will reach out with handouts in four different languages – English, Hindi, Bengali and Urdu,” the MMiC added. KMC and the Consumer Affairs department are jointly launching three tableaus that will roam around the city from Monday with messages on awareness against food and water borne diseases.

According to the awareness calendar, January to March is scheduled for awareness on tuberculosis, which is still a killer disease in Kolkata.