With the resilient mosquitoes thwarting all attempts by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to eliminate them, the only thing left to do is approach the Almighty for help. At least the city’s Ganesh mandals feel it is an option worth exploring.
The Lalbaughcha Raja mandal has said it will pray to Lord Ganesha to curb the alarming rise in malaria cases. “We will ask the Lord to bless the city with good health and to completely destroy the malaria menace,” said Satish Khankar, president of the mandal.
Advocate Naresh Daibhaukar, president of the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Samanvay Samiti, said, “We visit Siddhivinayak temple every year before starting preparations for Ganpati. This year, when we visited Siddhivinayak temple, we prayed to the Lord to tackle malaria.”
In addition to divine intervention, the mandals are also getting down to practical solutions. The Vikas mandal from Bhandup will be carrying out fogging in the vicinity every day with the machine it recently bought.
Several mandals have also set up health camps in their areas to help in the early detection and treatment of malaria among residents.
president of the Palanji Ratanji Chawl Sarvajanik Mandal in Byculla, said his mandal had also conducted two medical camps and would be conducting a few more in the coming weeks.
Daibhaukar said his Samanvay Samiti had instructed all mandals to undertake health camps in their areas. “They have been asked to spend less on decoration and more on medical camps and distribution of medicine,” he said.