Daijiworld Multimedia Network – Udupi (MS)
Udupi, May 3: The health department is organizing a special operation to fight malaria and dengue fever in the district. Schoolchildren will be the ambassadors of the program.
In 2022, from January to March, five cases of malaria were reported in the city. The corresponding period figure for 2021 was eight. In case of dengue, the cases were 16 from January to March 2021. But this figure increased to 75 in 2022. No less than 51 cases in Kollur, Mudoor and Jadkal shocked the health department.
Only if the health department mounts a wartime operation against malaria and dengue can they be brought under control by April.
Deputy Commissioner M Kurma Rao led a 10-day special operation. Stickers are placed on water tanks in houses and apartments to prevent lids from flying during the monsoon.
Hotels and lodges are instructed to put screens on windows and doors. Street plays and Yakshagana are used to raise awareness. The coconut husks fixed in the rubber trees are emptied and overturned as well.
Dr Prashant Bhat, Malaria Control Officer, Udupi District Department of Health and Family Welfare, said: “A 25-bed Dengue Ward will start operating at the Government Hospital. taluk of Kundapur. ASHA, CHO and ANM workers are delegated in sufficient numbers for a month-long dengue fever operation in rubber and pineapple plantations in Mudoor and Jadkal regions. Mosquito control will be through fever survey and larval detection. Due to the increase in environmental temperature, the breeding time of mosquitoes is reduced from seven days to five days. This increases the number of mosquitoes. It is only when we increase human resources that it is possible to control them.