P.S. Suresh Kumar

Nagercoil: The Public Health Department of Kanyakumari district had already taken steps to contain vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya, said the Deputy Director for Health, Madusoodhanan.

Speaking to The Hindu he said that Kanyakumari district being endemic for the above diseases on all seasons, owing to the prevailing environmental conditions, the main focus had been given to the mosquito control activities by the integrated vector control methods viz. physical, chemical and biological, depending upon the feasibility.

Field workers had been engaged in physical methods like destruction of mosquito breeding habitats by minor engineering activities like filling with sand, draining of stagnant water sources, mosquito proofing of vent pipes of septic tanks and chemical methods like larviciding of water bodies.

Emphasis had been given on the biological control method as it was eco friendly, cheaper and the outcome was long standing.

Larvivorus fishes like guppies and gambusia have been reared and supplied free of cost to the public at Kothanallur, Kuttakuzhi, Rajakkamangalam, Agasthesewaram, Edaicode, Arudesam and Chenbaharamanputhoor block Primary Health Centres and Nagercoil, Kuzhithurai and Padmanabhapuram municipal limit.