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UT introduces Gambusia fish to control mosquitoes

By introducing Gambusia fish (fish that feeds of larvae) in stagnant water bodies, the fisheries department has joined hands with the health department to control and fight malaria and dengue.

punjab Updated: Jul 21, 2016 13:44 IST
HT Correspondent
In rainy season, mosquitoes breed fast, causing the spread of malaria and dengue.
In rainy season, mosquitoes breed fast, causing the spread of malaria and dengue.(HT Representative Image)

By introducing Gambusia fish (fish that feeds of larvae) in stagnant water bodies, the fisheries department has joined hands with the health department to control and fight malaria and dengue.

In rainy season, mosquitoes breed fast, causing the spread of malaria and dengue.

The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme has recorded 22 malaria and 18 dengue cases in city, but most cases are reported from the adjoining states, who come to the city hospitals for treatment.

“No dengue case is reported from Chandigarh so far, however five malaria cases are reported from the periphery areas like Manimajra and Burail,” said an officer.

To check the spread of mosquito breeding, the health department has identified stagnant water points in the city, where the officials will release Gambusia fish. The use of the anti-larvae fish has started at the Rock Garden, Baghiya, Divine, Ram and Durga Nursery, Sector 26. Other points are Bougainvillea Garden, Rose Garden, Shanti Kunj, and Leisure Valley.