While the rise of deadly diseases like malaria and dengue is worrying MCGM, the unseasonal rains has made matters worse for them. With the unexpected rains, ailments are also bound to rise. The unexpected and unseasonal rains in the city have become a matter of concern for MCGM. The civic body has already been in deep waters with the increasing rise of deadly diseases like malaria and dengue, and the unexpected rains is likely to make matters worse. MCGM has taken several measures to prevent rise of ailments during this time and is conducting fogging activities and spraying of insecticide sprays. Small puddles and water accumulation becomes a common sight during rains which attracts the breeding of mosquitoes. Patankar, said that despite the measures, MCGM would stay alert to tackle any problem. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Hansraj Kanaujia for NMTV news. HEALTH DEPARTMENT TAKES INITIATIVE, 10 LAKH PEOPLE TESTED FOR MALARIA And in the midst of the increasing threats due to unseasonal rains and the increase in cases of malaria in Mumbai, the MCGM’s health department along with its pulse polio campaign conducted Malaria tests across the city. Around 10 lakh, 40 thousand people were tested under this drive. In the campaign, blood samples of people were tested and were distributed Calrafine tablets to prevent the disease. MCGM additional commissioner Manisha Patankar informed that the initiative was taken to reduce the occurrence of disease and to provide a timely treatment to the people. She further added that the disease was as fatal as H1N1 disease. MCGM had installed 170 health post centers in all the wards of the city and around 870 staff of MCGM health department had participated in the campaign. Around 10 lakh 40 thousand people were tested under this drive. MCGM Additional commissioner Manisha Patankar made an appeal to the citizens to safeguard themselves from the disease. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Hansraj Kanaujia for NMTV news. SHOPKEEPERS GET REPRIEVE IN SIGNBOARD CASE Shopkeepers in Mumbai received a reprieve as the Bombay High Court made it clear that the stay preventing Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) from penalising the shop-keepers who break the Marathi signboard rule is still in effect. As a result, MCGM would not be able to take any “coercive action” against the shopkeepers whose sign boards do not have names in Devnagari in bigger font. A traders’ association had challenged the constitutional validity of amendment to the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments Act in 2001. As per the amendment, name in Devnagari script on signboard must be in bigger font than the name in English or any other language. The high court, in 2001, had admitted the petition and restrained MCGM from imposing fine on shopkeepers breaking the new rule during the pendency of the petition. But recently, MCGM issued a new notification, seeking to implement the rule. Last year, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena started a violent agitation demanding that signboards in the city must be in Marathi. The federation had then filed a separate application in the high court, pointing out that as per the 2001 stay, the signboards rule can not be enforced for the time being.
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