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Starting today, NASA technology to fight mosquitoes in Panchkula

The mosquito-killing machine relies on the mosquitoes’ natural hunting techniques of heat sensing and carbon dioxide detection.

punjab Updated: Aug 31, 2018 13:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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The Panchkula municipal corporation (MC) is going to use a technology developed with assistance from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States of America (USA), to fight the mosquito menace in the district.

MC commissioner Rajesh Jogpal said they will start installing ten mosquito-killing machines using the technology at several spots in the district from Wednesday. The spots include Rajiv Colony, Indira Colony, Nada Sahib, Buddanpur, Bhainsa Tibba, Bangala Basta in Pinjore, Bhairo Ki Sair in Kalka and Kharak Mangoli village.

The mosquito-killing machine relies on the mosquitoes’ natural hunting techniques of heat sensing and carbon dioxide detection.

Through thermal imagery and precisely measured releases of the gas, mosquitoes are attracted to the unit, captured and eliminated. A photo sensor turns the unit on at night and off during daytime.

18 dengue cases this year in Panchkula

As many as 18 dengue cases have been reported in the district this year so far. Though the district health authorities maintained that this year figures are less as compared to the past year, teams are regularly conducting door-to-door survey in the district.

Last year, there were around 95 dengue and 182 malaria cases in Panchkula against 186 dengue cases and 179 malaria cases in 2016. The dengue cases are being largely being reported from Kalka, Buddanpur, Ramgarh, Indira Colony, Sector 19, Abheypur, Barwala and other areas.

According to a report prepared by Parwanoo (Himachal Pradesh) health department, among 510 dengue cases reported so far this year, around 240 cases were reported from Kalka.

Panchkula chief medical officer (CMO) Yogesh Sharma said that such large number in Kalka is because the residents there got infected with dengue virus while commuting to or working in Parwanoo area.

Deputy commissioner Mukul Kumar said he had already taken up the matter with the CMO and special teams were working on it.

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 12:22 IST