Hyderabad: The Secunderabad cantonment board has initiated a cleanliness and hygiene drive at Mahendra Hills where the first case of Corona virus in Telangana was reported. Resident associations in the area had earlier complained about the Telangana government's lack of attention to the epicentre of the virus. On Tuesday afternoon the cantonment staff sprayed bleaching powder near the house of the patient and the neighbourhood.

Rama Krishna, vice-president of the Secunderabad cantonment board, told NewsMeter, “We are planning to hold a meeting of the colony residents to explain safety measures. The cantonment board has requested all residents to clean up the area and maintain hygiene. We have started distribution of masks to the residents of Mahendra Hills.”

Meanwhile, criticising the Telangana government’s negligence in supporting the people of Mahendra Hills, Satish Gupta, a social activist said, "It's the first Corona virus case in Telangana. Why has the state government not sent any special team to help the residents of Mahendra Hills? Is it because the cantonment falls under Defence control? All national and state media are highlighting the Corona virus situation in Hyderabad but why are they not saying that it's in Mahendra Hills."

He said, "I demand the state government be involved in dealing with the outbreak and send special teams to help cantonment authorities ensure that there are no more Corona virus cases."

Regarding the cleaning measures that need to be taken in Mahendra Hilla, a senior doctor from Telangana government doctors association (TGGDA) told NewsMeter, “Bleach is similar to a strong alkali sanitiser. Any droplets of the virus in the area will definitely die if you spray bleach near the surrounding areas. According to the World Health Organisation even simple soap and water will help you prevent Corona virus.”

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary �Still I Rise�, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad�s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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