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Prick ?em out of their lethargy

GET READY for the ?mosquito menace? round the corner. In a few days from now, as summer sets in, mosquitoes will be ?arriving? in hordes. In fact, you may already be witnessing the signs of what is to come.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 00:44 IST

GET READY for the ‘mosquito menace’ round the corner. In a few days from now, as summer sets in, mosquitoes will be ‘arriving’ in hordes. In fact, you may already be witnessing the signs of what is to come.

The anti-larvae activities in the city are yet to be begun. The district authorities have not taken up spraying or fogging seriously. The mosquitoes are multiplying fast in both the urban and rural areas of the city. Doctors fear widespread outbreak of viral fever, malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.

“The mosquito is a carrier for several diseases and kids are particularly vulnerable. Complaints of high fever are not many yet but more would fall victim if attempts are not made to check mosquito breeding soon,” says Indian Medical Association secretary, Dr Shraddha Singh.

Controlling the surge of mosquitoes in Lucknow is a two-step process that requires a vital role to be played by both the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) and the District Malaria Office (DMO). The LMC is responsible for the urban areas while the DMO looks after the rural areas. Both these bodies are responsible for fogging.

They have the requisite fogging machines and chemicals for door-to-door spraying but no work has been begun.

“It’s good that there is no rain. Winter rain would immediately spark an outbreak of malaria or even dengue,” says the president of Private Practitioners Association Dr CV Pandey.

The officials, on their part, have a different problem.

District Malaria Officer Dr AK Singh says, “We have just finished with the Filaria Campaign and would focus on checking the growth of mosquitoes now. However, with the rural areas in our jurisdiction and limited resources, we may not be able to cater to the needs in the city.”

It’s not that fogging is not being done at all. But the focus of all activities remains the VIP localities.