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Suckers attack; health sleuths only talk plans!

YOU MIGHT be hearing humming bloodsuckers these days. But, it?s not being heard by the Health Department as loudly as the common man does! The department is still talking about the ways and means to keep mosquitoes away. But, it hasn?t yet taken up the fogging guns to target the deadly enemy in the ground battle.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2006 00:13 IST

YOU MIGHT be hearing humming bloodsuckers these days. But, it’s not being heard by the Health Department as loudly as the common man does!

The department is still talking about the ways and means to keep mosquitoes away. But, it hasn’t yet taken up the fogging guns to target the deadly enemy in the ground battle.

And if you thought awareness has to do something with controlling mosquitoes, sample this. Half way in to the ‘Malaria Awareness Month’ the district malaria office has now realised that it could not do it alone hence NGOs and village authorities are to be called in to cover the rural and urban areas.

People in the Nehru Yuva Kendra and Civil Defense are being contacted through meetings and asked to take over slum areas in the city and hold camps about stagnated water and the aftermath growth of bloodsuckers. Chapters include spread of vector-borne diseases, like malaria, JE and dengue.

But all this is yet to start in reality. People need to be made aware about keeping coolers, open overhead tanks and choked drains dry. But with half of the month passed, awareness seems at a distance.

Similar is the condition of the drive in rural areas where water gets logged in the nullahs and thus breeds mosquitoes. Gram Pradhans are to be contacted to spread awareness about this fact. But the programme is yet to reach the villages.

Both, the urban and rural areas of the city have the same situation. Doctors say the situation might invite viral fever, malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.

“Mosquito is known to spread several diseases and specially the kids are vulnerable. Complaints of high-fever is not high at present but they may rise if attempts are not taken to check breeding of mosquitoes,” says Dr PK Gupta, joint secretary of the Indian Medical Association (Lucknow).

Controlling the growth of mosquito in the city has two parts where the Nagar Nigam and District Malaria Office (DMO) play vital role. Nagar Nigam has the responsibility for the urban areas while the DMO looks after the rural areas.

Both these departments have responsibility to do fogging in different areas and are equipped with fogging machines and chemicals for door-to-door spray. But the machines are yet to pick up.

Officials say the awareness programme is an essential part of the overall working as it curbs the growth of the insect. The District Malaria Officer Dr AK Singh says, ‘if people are made aware they would themselves check the insect’s growth. However, with limited resources we face problem to cater to the requirement of the city.’

It’s not that fogging is not being done. But the focus of all activities remains the VIP localities even as the common man spends his nights fighting the bloodsuckers.