Six teams set up to combat malaria

MANGALORE, JULY 24. The Mangalore City Corporation has adopted what it terms an integrated approach to prevent the outbreak of malaria in the city.

Six teams of health workers, each headed by an official of the Health Department, have started visiting areas in the city where cases of malaria have been reported. They are giving medicines on the spot.

The teams are equipped with a malaria-testing kit, a machine to spray insecticide on stagnant water, and medicines.

Gopalkrishna Delampady, Health Inspector attached to the corporation, told The Hindu that the teams would first survey the areas for stagnant water and spray insecticides to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

This would be followed by tests on people having symptoms of malaria.

The test reports would be generated on the spot and medicines would be handed over to people with the disease, he said.

Kamalaksha Kundar, Chairman of the Health Committee of the corporation, said that the exercise would be intensified in the coming days and the teams would visit all the areas in the city.

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