Hyderabad

IR spraying on to control malaria, dengue

Sanitation staff spraying insecticide to control mosquitoes at Leemguda in Indervelli mandal of Adilabad district on Saturday.

Sanitation staff spraying insecticide to control mosquitoes at Leemguda in Indervelli mandal of Adilabad district on Saturday.  

The district administration has taken up indoor residual spraying (IRS) of all villages identified as high risk ones in terms of malaria and dengue fevers.

“Some 113 villages have been identified as high risk villages across the district which need to be free of disease causing mosquitoes," District Malaria Officer T. Prabhakar Reddy told The Hindu on Saturday.

"The villages have been identified as high risk going by the history of incidence of malaria during the last three years," Dr. Prabhakar Reddy revealed.

The incidence of Malaria was highest in 2015 and had tapered off in subsequent years but dengue had haunted the district last year, according to official statistics. In the rural areas of the district where 22 primary health centres and 122 sub centres took care of the primary health needs of a population of 4,22,654 from 648 villages, as many as 1,395 malaria positive cases were reported in 2015 and 209 dengue cases were reported in 2018. This year only one malaria positive and 11 dengue cases were reported so far. In the urban centres, 285 dengue cases were reported last year and six so far this year.

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