Accordingly, health officials and ANMs have identified 186 water stagnation areas and the exercise to release over 1.20 lakh Gambusia fish and oil balls in such areas has commenced
Mahabubnagar: The District administration is initiating several measures to curb mosquito menace and control water-borne diseases in Mahabubnagar.
The focus is on prevention of diseases through special teams to execute different operations in 441 gram panchayats in the district. Accordingly, health officials and ANMs have identified 186 water stagnation areas and the exercise to release over 1.20 lakh Gambusia fish and oil balls in such areas has commenced.
Further to ensure effective implementation of measures to curb mosquito menace and control water borne diseases, district level task force committee meeting was conducted by District Collector S. Venkat Rao last week. Gambusia fish are being released in defunct wells, open drains and other water stagnation points across the district. Gambusia fish consume mosquito larvae and aid in mosquito birth control exercises, besides facilitating in controlling the spread of seasonal diseases.
The health officials in coordination with fisheries department officials were getting the Gambusia fish from Koil Sagar and the same were being handed over to the staff in Primary Health care centres. The exercise to release Gambusia fish in water stagnation points and other areas involving elected public representatives is nearing completion.
These measures were yielding good results in controlling the spread of seasonal diseases. Last year, at Karivena in Bhootpur mandal, seven malaria cases were detected. This year, due to the measures being taken up by the district administration, malaria cases in the mandal have decreased to five so far.
This apart, under the aegis of District Malaria department, mosquito nets were being distributed and so far 3,272 nets have been distributed across the district, including in the low lying areas of Mahabubnagar town.
All these measures were launched by Tourism Minister V Srinivas Goud on July 3 and as part of these measures, sanitary workers were visiting households to identify water stagnation points like flower pots, defunct air coolers and tyres and clearing the same. Awareness campaigns are also being conducted in different colonies to sensitise residents on the steps to be taken to control spread of seasonal diseases.
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