From Sanjay Borkar in Margao
for Daijiworld Media Network - Goa (MB)
Margao, Jul 11: The rise in incidence of malaria cases in the city has baffled the health department.
It has already claimed the life of a young boy from Borda, Margao. He was Std-III student of a city-based school.
When the malaria symptoms showed ups, he was admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. But he succumbed to the illness.
Now to curb the spreading of Malaria, health officials have taken stern action against civil contractors and builders, and those who have not given health cards to their workers have been fined.
Around 123 such contractors and builders have been fined by health officials and have levied around Rs 1.35 lac in the form of fines.
There are around 157 construction sites in Margao itself, and 200-odd on the outskirts. Heath officials have taken measures to check the rising cases by visiting construction sites.
Migrant workers are been told to keep their locality clean and to avoid storage of rainwater in tyres and in other articles.
In the month of June, around 372 cases of Malaria were detected in Margao itself, in which 42 cases of were falciparum. Out of them 95 percent cases of Malaria were found among the migrant workers, health officials said.