Kolkata: A smartphone app aimed exclusively at the prevention of vector-borne diseases by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, was launched on Thursday afternoon by Mayor Sovan Chatterjee.This is the first time in India when a civic body has brought out an app exclusively on the preservation of vector-borne diseases. The app will be available only on android devices as of now and support for iPhone users will come on September 7.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed all the civic bodies in the state to conduct garbage cleaning drives regularly and take immediate steps when people suffering from fever are detected in the areas under their jurisdiction. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe app contains the symptoms of dengue and malaria, along with the dos and don’ts that need to be followed to prevent occurrence of the diseases.The addresses of all the 144 malaria detection centres and 15 dengue detection centres have been provided in the app. The telephone numbers and e-mail IDs of key persons in KMC’s Health department have also been provided. The people will also get information about new announcements of KMC’s Health department through the app. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSenior civic officials said the app will help create awareness among the people. The state government has already given Rs 4 crore to KMC to carry out massive awareness programmes to prevent dengue and malaria.The civic authorities had launched a massive awareness campaign in January and started a drive against vector-borne diseases, keeping in mind the fact that mosquitoes have changed their breeding season due to global warming.Special teams have been formed, comprising health workers and their counterparts in the Conservancy department, to visit every household for ensuring that garbage gets cleaned everyday and the underground reservoirs and overhead tanks are cleaned as well. The civic authorities have also urged people to clean the containers where water is stored, at least once a week. Visits are being regularly made to institutional buildings, hospitals, nursing homes and central and state government offices. The KMC authorities have urged the management that looks after the institutional buildings, to see to it that broken and unused furniture is kept on the roof and empty plastic cups and bottles are cleaned from the premises.Civic officials regretted that despite intense awareness campaigns, people are not following KMC’s instructions and in many new constructions sites, garbage is not cleaned regularly and water stored in containers is not cleared weekly.Also, some people have reservation against KMC clinics, as blood tests for dengue and malaria are conducted free of cost and medicines are also given for free.