Staff Correspondent

District continues to have the highest number of malaria cases

  • 7, 843 cases of malaria reported in Dakshina Kannada
  • Female anopheles mosquito that breeds in clean stagnant water causes the disease

    MANGALORE: Nearly 7, 900 cases of malaria have been reported in Dakshina Kannada district in the last two months. Almost 10,200 cases were reported in the same period last year, Krishnappa Poojary, Commissioner, Mangalore City Corporation, has said.

    He was speaking after inaugurating malaria training and awareness programme today jointly organised by Navodaya Grama Vikasa Charitable trust and Malaria Control Action Cell of the Mangalore City Corporation. Although the numbers of cases had come down, a lot still had to be done to eradicate the disease. This required the support of non-governmental organisations, Mr. Poojary said.

    Dr. B.S. Baliga, president, Malaria Control Action Cell, said the district continued to have the highest number of malaria cases in the State.

    The developing nature of the district was one of the reasons for the spread of the disease. Female anopheles mosquito that breed in clean stagnant water often found near construction sites caused the disease. The mosquito could lay 2,000 eggs in two months and could multiply rapidly, he said.

    He spoke of three essential ways to fight malaria.

    The first was early diagnosis, for which blood tests must be conducted as soon as one developed fever. Secondly, the surroundings must be kept clean and water must not be allowed to stagnate on any surface for a long time. One should also ensure protection from mosquito bites.