Tune in to city community radios for tips against malaria
With malaria cases on the rise in the city, local community radio stations have taken up the cause to spread awareness about the ailment.mumbai Updated: Jul 28, 2010 01:27 IST
With malaria cases on the rise in the city, local community radio stations have taken up the cause to spread awareness about the ailment.
The Union Park Residents Association (UPRA) is airing programmes and tips that help citizens make their homes free of mosquitoes on Jago Mumbai at 90.8 FM.
"We have asked pest control officers to record a list of dos and don'ts for us so that listeners can keep their buildings and terraces free of mosquito larvae," said Bharti Kakkad, secretary of UPRA.
The Mumbai University Students Transmission radio too is running a campaign to curb malaria and dengue on their radio station Radio Must at 107.8 FM.
This includes interviews with doctors from various areas to find out what local conditions are like and the basic care that needs to be taken.
Jago Mumbai covers areas from Bandra to Andheri and aims to reach out to people with civic problems and solutions.
"Small things, such as cleaning the water in plates under flower pots, will help keep homes free of mosquitoes," said Kakkad.
More than 5,000 people have tested positive for malaria and more than 15 have succumbed to the disease in the last 26 days.
"We plan to take the help of associations to help in spreading awareness," said Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar.