SMC sets-up teams to conduct fumigation at ward-level

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With spike in COVID19 cases, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has set up teams at ward-level for carrying out fumigation.

From the past few weeks, Srinagar has reported around 100 positive cases every day, giving tough time to the SMC to carry out the disinfections process.

“It was not easy to make sure every area reported in Srinagar is covered under disinfections process. We adopted a strategy and set up the teams at ward level in addition to the teams working from the SMC headquarters,” said SMC Commissioner, Gazanfar Ali.

He said the ward level teams were responsible for carrying disinfections process at residential houses and commercial structures. “With spike in COVID19 cases in Srinagar, it was necessary to put in place an effective mechanism to manage immediate anti-COVID19 operations. Setting up teams at wards level proved effective to respond to situation quickly,” he said.

The SMC Secretary, Akbar Sofi said ward officers have been fully equipped with men and machinery. “Our team within no time responds to the calls received from authorities and public. We don’t only conduct sterilization of a house of COVID19 patient but also its adjacent structures, streets, lanes and bylanes,” Sofi said.

He said district administration also sends a list with details of COVID19 cases to the SMC on daily basis. “This list helps us to identify areas to be disinfected. Post operation, it is cross-checked again to ensure no place has been left out,” he said.

The details of COVID19 cases are shared with concerned ward officers via virtual mode with the directions to set teams into motion immediately and carry out the fumigation.