Recommend measures to keep mosquitoes at bay in and around the house

The monsoon season has not brought much rain in its wake. Yet, dengue fever has struck, with a schoolgirl becoming an early casualty and many other children under treatment for symptoms of the virus.

Doctors say a key factor in the dengue outbreak this year is the scarcity of water. P. Amutha Rajeswari, president, Indian Academy of Paediatrics, says the depleted groundwater level is driving residents to collect water from sundry sources and store it at home for long periods. While storing water in every conceivable object, many fail to ensure that the containers are tightly closed.

“Dengue-causing mosquitoes don’t lay eggs in ditches, drains and canals. They lay eggs only in water-filled containers kept in and around the house. It is vital to make sure that water containers are not left open,” she advises.

K. Sathish of Narayanapuram says the borewell in his house has dried up, and he has since been drawing water from a pipeline on the lawn at the entrance to the Collector’s bungalow. “I go there once a week, collect water in six to seven canisters and carry them back in my car. While this water meets the family’s drinking needs, we purchase water from private tankers for bathing and washing vessels. We store water in the overhead tank and in drums. I make sure that all water containers are tightly closed. But my neighbour does not. The residents welfare associations must take a lead and sensitise their members,” he adds.

Dengue-causing mosquitoes lay eggs

in water-filled containers kept in and around the house.