The District Health and Family Welfare personnel in association with the Mangalore City Corporation will start a week-long drive from June 10 to reduce sources where mosquitoes transmitting malaria and dengue breed.
Talking to reporters here on Monday, District Health Officer O. Srirangappa said the drive will educate people regarding endemic diseases. “People have to ensure that water does not accumulate around their houses,” Dr. Srirangappa said.
The drive, Dr. Srirangappa said, will be similar to the anti-malaria drive last year. Auxiliary nurses and midwives, Accredited Social Health activists and anganwadi workers will visit houses in high-risk areas. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Programme District Coordinator has agreed to print pamphlets about dengue and malaria prevention and distribute during their ongoing programme on increasing enrolment to schools, he said.
During the drive, the Health Department personnel will be focusing on reducing breeding sites in areas where dengue has been prevalent in the last two years, said District Malaria Officer S.B. Arun Kumar.
The mosquitoes transmitting dengue virus and malaria parasite breed in fresh water. While dengue is transmitted by bite of Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the malaria parasite is transmitted by the bite of Anopheles mosquito.
The district is giving more emphasis on dengue this time because of report of fatalities in the district in the last few weeks. A resident of Lingappayyakadu in Mulky and a student of a PU College died of dengue in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
According to District Disease Surveillance Office, 57 persons tested positive for dengue in the last five months in the district.