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Students take lead in preventing mosquito breeding

A group of students is busy going door to door on Gandhi Street talking to residents about mosquito control measures, checking if there are mosquito breeding sources in the houses there and acting in tandem with the Coimbatore Corporation officials to destroy the sources.

“After listening to us for a while, the residents blindly say they do not have breeding sources. This is to keep us off from looking at and destroying the breeding sources. But we fight our way into their houses to check the sources,” says M. Manikandan, a student of Class VIII ‘A’ of the Government Middle School in Kavundampalayam Housing Unit.

He simply does not give up, says a Coimbatore Corporation health wing official adding, that he forced his way into a house after finding water stagnated in the cavity in the base of the stone grinder.

Drive

The health wing officials have engaged the school students to talk to residents as part of their dengue awareness creation drive.

Manikandan’s classmate K. Sneha says the students talk to the residents about breeding sources – dumped coconut shells, tyre, grinding stones, etc., how mosquitoes use fresh water to breed and what they could do to control mosquito breeding, if not eradicate them.

They also ask them to pour coconut oil on the water to kill the larvae.

The students say they got to learn such things from the Coimbatore Corporation health wing officials, who addressed them in the school assembly.

City Health Officer P. Aruna says that the Corporation has engaged school students in the dengue awareness and mosquito eradication drive to reach the residents in a better fashion.

Dengue prone

Conservancy workers, personnel from the malaria control wing, sanitary supervisors and sanitary inspectors are also involved in the drive, which at present is underway in areas that the Corporation has identified as dengue prone.

In the coming days that Corporation team and students will visit Kurichi and Selvapuram in the South Zone, Ganapathy in the North Zone, Rathinapuri in the Central Zone and SIHS Colony in the East Zone, as dengue cases have been reported from these areas, the official says.


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