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Salem Corporation deputes team to clean drainage channels

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Source : The Hindu Date : 19.06.2009

Salem Corporation deputes team to clean drainage channels

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— Photo: P. Goutham

At work: Salem Corporation workers removing silt from a drainage channel in Maniyanur on Thursday.

SALEM: The Salem Corporation has deputed a team of workers to carry out cleaning works in a number of drainage channels in Sooramangalam zone.

Following widespread complaints from the public that sewage was overflowing from many drains, the civic administration formed a team and started removing silt from the channels in several residential colonies in the wards, which were coming under its control. The Bangalore-based private firm, Swatchatha Corporation, which was carrying out sanitary works in 21 wards, was also instructed to remove silt from the drainage channels.

The channels accumulated silt due to indiscriminate dumping of solid waste into them by commercial establishments and a few irresponsible citizens. Another major reason for the accumulation of silt was the failure of civic body and the private firm in carrying out cleaning works on a regular basis, the residents say.

The civic body had earlier made announcements that stern action would be initiated against those dumping solid waste into the drainage channels. But the authorities had failed to evolve an appropriate mechanism to put an end to such a practice.

“The implementation of the Underground Drainage Project is the only solution for various problems related to open sewer channels in the city. But the execution of the project is delayed inordinately for reasons best known to the officials,” people said.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 05:30

1,000 health camps planned

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Source : The Hindu Date : 18.06.2009

1,000 health camps planned

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— Photo: M. Vedhan

HEALTH WATCH: A woman being examined by a doctor at the camp held in Vepery on Wednesday.

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation will conduct 1,000 health camps this year to provide medical care to five lakh families of the city, Mayor M. Subramanian said on Wednesday.

Launching a ‘Varummun Kappom’ health camp at the Periyamedu Primary Health Centre, he said 100 camps targeting slum-dwellers would be held in the 10 Corporation zones.

Various tests including those for diabetes, tuberculosis and malaria and blood grouping and blood pressure would be conducted at the camps to be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, he added.

Mr. Subramanian urged members of the public to utilise the camps to monitor diseases. Over 1.5 lakh people benefited from 40 such camps organised last year.

A total of 1,428 families and 5,400 members were screened at the camps held in all the zones on Wednesday. At the end of the day, 12 persons were diagnosed with malaria, 75 with cataract, 181 with diabetes, 18 women with cancer and 36 with blood pressure. Medicines worth Rs.1.25 lakh were distributed to those who attended.

At a camp in Guindy North, residents of the nearby Housing Board tenements of Kothwalchavady participated. M.Kalaivani Mahalingam, who works as a housemaid, said she came there as she could not afford treatment in private hospitals. Many people had preferred to give up a day’s pay to attend the camps.

Pushpa and Yesu, parents of Chelsea and Akshaya, came to the camp to find a solution for Akshaya’s repeated spells of fever. “We had taken her to private hospitals but the fever keeps recurring . So we thought we could come here and have a check-up,” said Ms. Pushpa.

Shyamalavalli of Reddy Street in Ikkattuthangal said she underwent various tests and was given tablets for blood pressure, ulcer and also a fatty liver. Sangeetha, who attended the camp at the Basin Bridge PHC, said doctors conducted thorough investigations and advised her to keep the family health book carefully as it contained the health history of her family.

Specialists, including those in ENT, dermatology, ophthalmology, and dentistry, conducted the check-up. Dr. Prabhakar, medical officer of Zone 9, said that chronic smokers and alcoholics were told to quit the habits and referred to the Corporation Clinic in Saidapet.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2009 10:05

Awareness programme on source segregation of garbage

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Source : The Hindu Date : 16.06.2009

Awareness programme on source segregation of garbage

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Initiative to clean slums in four zones to be launched today

— Photo: K.V.Srinivasan

New TOOLS: Sanitary workers with new tricycles at a rally organised to create awareness on source segregation on Monday.

CHENNAI: Chennai Corporation and Neel Metal Fanalca organised a rally as part of an awareness programme on source segregation on Monday.

“We are planning to increase the amount of segregated waste material to 300 tonnes a month,” said G.Thirugnana Sambandam, vice-president of Neel Metal Fanalca.

Neel Metal Fanalca segregates 100 tonnes of waste every month, he said. As part of the source segregation initiative, 50 new tricycles and 100 yellow bins would be launched on Tuesday to clean slums in Corporation Zones 3, 6, 8 and 10, said Mr. Sambandam.

Employees of Neel Metal Fanalca and officials of the Chennai Corporation participated in the rally.

M.Venkatesan, one of the sanitary workers, who participated in the rally said most of the residents were not contributing to the source segregation of waste.

Street plays have been staged in many localities to create awareness about the need for source segregation. Around 100 trained employees will be part of the awareness campaign, said Mr. Sambandam.

Residents are requested to start segregation of waste in order to make the work of our employees easier, he said. The support of the public is more important in this campaign, said Mr. Sambandam.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 05:21

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