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To: Vikas Deshmukh, Commissioner of the PMC
Stop Spitting Pune!!!
We need to solve the problem of public spitting. It is an unhygienic activity that is harmful to the society. Please consider these demands.
-- We must have strict Public Laws:
There is no definitive national law against spitting in public with defined punitive measures. This is left to respective state public bodies - Municipal Corporations. Please create a defined, strict law against public spitting.
--These laws should strictly be enforced:
When it comes to issues like public cleanliness - the mechanism for enforcement is not well defined by the public bodies. Define enforcement measures, set them down in writing and set the police force in motion.
Why is this important?
- Spitting is not a harmless thing to do.
- Saliva carries live germs for more than 24 hours and can cause EVERY respiratory disease.
- India is the highest Tuberculosis (TB) burden country with World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics for 2011 giving an estimated incidence figure of 2.2 million cases of TB for India out of a global incidence of 8.7 million cases. And saliva is the main transmitter for TB. (Source: WHO Report)
- The H1N1 virus caused 485 deaths in India between Jan. 1 and Feb. 12, 2015. More than 6,000 people had tested positive for the virus during that time. (Source: Reuters)
- In 2009-10, the H1N1 swine flu pandemic spread from central Mexico to 74 other countries including India, killing an estimated 284,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Saliva is a carrier for H1N1 virus.
- Spitting in public places poses the greatest risk of infection.
- Its not about 1 day of a Swacchh Bharat scheme - its about making Pune a cleaner, healthier place to live in.