Despite an increase in the number of malaria cases reported in the district, no initiative has been taken to ensure fogging in rural areas.
It is highly unfortunate that the concerned authorities have chosen to turn a blind eye to this issue especially at this time of the year i.e rainy reason, as mosquitoes which spread malaria breed in stagnant water. Although, it is the municipal corporation(MC)'s responsibility to conduct fogging in the urban areas, there are absolutely no signs of fogging in the rural areas of the district.
According to district health department, 25 cases of malaria were reported this year, majority of which were from rural areas.
Besides, many dengue cases have also been reported from rural areas in the past few years but, no concrete measures have been taken till date to ensure fogging.
"Various cases of dengue and malaria are reported every year in our village- Thareeke, which is situated in close proximity to the city and hence the village is an equally risk-prone area in this regard. The authorities concerned should take steps to ensure fogging in this area as well and not focus only on the areas in the city," said Gagandeep Singh Thareeke, an RTI activist.
On the other hand, sarpanch of Baddowal village, Amarjot Singh, said, "There are no arrangements of fogging in the village. It is the government's responsibility to take steps to ensure prevention of diseases like dengue and malaria."
"Stagnant water at various places serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes which cause dengue and malaria. We are trying to make all the efforts to create awareness regarding such health related topics especially in rural areas ," said Dr Anil Verma, district epidemiologist. He suggested that block samitis should take it upon themselves to conduct fogging in such disease-prone areas.