People need to be aware of possible mosquito-breeding spots in their vicinity and support of every household is needed to ensure the success of mosquito-control strategies, Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar has said.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the ‘Dry Day’ campaign at Vanchiyoor here on Sunday morning.

Mr. Sivakumar said that with the development of different strains and growing resistance to mosquito-borne diseases, research in the field would be prioritised by the government.

Suresh Gopi, actor, inaugurated the function. He reiterated the need for public support to deal with issues regarding waste management and spread of contagious diseases. Political differences should be set aside by government bodies and foolproof remedial measures should be put in place, he said.

Mayor K. Chandrika took part in the function.

They visited a few houses near the Rishimangalam temple to spread awareness of mosquito-borne diseases. The Minister said that trays underneath refrigerators were a breeding space for mosquitoes. Before leaving the locality, he urged the people to keep an eye on any water source, especially clean water.

Senior health officials said that there was a misconception among the people that only unsanitary areas served as breeding spots for mosquitoes and hence, they took offence when ASHA workers wanted to inspect their houses and the premises.

Dry Day will be observed on June 23 and June 30 too.

Health workers fanned out in every Corporation and panchayat ward in the State to spread awareness of the day and conduct fogging and spraying operations.

Government offices have been directed to observe Dry Day on June 21, 28, and July 5 and schools on June 17, 24, and July 1.