A medics worked feverishly to save a young boy who contracted an aggressive form of bacterial skin and skin structure infection called metastatic leukocytosis (MSA) while travelling by air from Bengaluru to New Delhi. Infirmed and sent home with medical therapy and antibiotics, in this case from the nearby surgical ward at Yerawada district hospital, Abdul Maqbool Basana was transferred to hospital in central Bangalore for another round of tests.

In the past week he had two contacts who were confirmed positive for MSA — one before the flight while the other while on board. “The man who had been near me was released soon after he received treatment. I have been getting confirmation of several people who travelled to Bangalore from Bengaluru after he got MSA,” Basana said.

BMC workers act as blueprint

Members of the Metropolitan Development Authority (MDA) employee organization have given a blueprint to change how they operate to reduce urban sprawl.

As part of the two-day work vacation programme organised by MDA, workers would deliver works to poor urban areas.

Delhi Water and Sewerage Board Employees’ Union president Mukesh Shah had visited the MDA headquarters for a day. During the visit, workers were visited at various locations in the Gautam Budh Nagar area on the DMK-Nana Puthukkudy mandal road to exchange ideas on how to work in harmony and hygienic standards and ways to follow in the age-old practice of cooperative work.

Shah’s visit was also in connection with the lifting of the ban on the water tanker service to affordable markets.

The MDA executive officer of slum projects, Vaburam Bakshi, said that the association of MDA employees was trying to motivate the youth in slums.

Vijayakrishnan, the city district magistrate, said that representatives of slum district administrations and civic bodies would meet at 8am on Sunday at the MDA headquarter for a day to discuss the work pattern of MDA and relevant problems in urban areas.

The administration also began preparations for working in the slums on an ad hoc basis, Bakshi said.

He said that more than 40 sections of slums would be taken over during the three months, which included setting up of toilets and water collection points in the slums.

Road painting to clean slums

In Greater Noida, as per the PM’s vision of improving the commuting conditions for the residents of Greater Noida and Greater Noida Municipal Corporation (Noida) through a Project No. 33, they are working on a series of maintenance works in a period of three months, including separate projects.

The officials said that roads have been painted along 5.24-km stretch along the banks of the Yamuna river along National Highway III which will ensure a clean environment and provide an immediate relief to people living in these villages.

“We have targeted a width of 10 km along the banks of the Yamuna and 96-km from the Yamuna tunnel to Noida,” the Noida Deputy Municipal Commissioner said.

The work was to be completed on November 23.

Tamil Nadu: Prisons asked to seal cellphones of minor offenders

In Tamil Nadu, lags are daily afoot in prison institutions. During the scheduled February celebrations of February cholera outbreak, prisoners were kept in locked cells to prevent any outbreak.

A senior Delhi police officer said that at the present time, they had not received any complaints of prisoners fainting or getting sick, but they were worried and will ensure the immediate segregation of this menace.

Officials said that Chennai prisons have already sealed their mobile phone networks and charges of three paisa per minute for their data for the “protective” effect of jail.

Crime Branch officers in Delhi, where police incident reports from jails go in the open, said that cellphones were used for confidential tips and all such details are not safe to circulate in this particular area.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Sep 22, 2017 11:36 IST