A few malaria cases have been reported among the local population and staff of barges anchored at the dry docks along the Zuari river at Cortalim (
Health authorities have cautioned the vessels' owners and others to maintain hygiene in the area. A press note issued by the Cortalim primary health centre (PHC) states that the Captain of Ports has been informed about the large number of vessels docked along the riverfront of the village due to the halt in mining operations in
The hanging tyres on the sides of the barges filled with water are the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and this has led to some barge workers and locals contracting malaria, the note states.
Cautioning against the consequences of not maintaining hygiene in the area, the note stresses: "This will lead to serious consequences if the rate of infection goes on increasing." All owners, masters of barges, shipyards, dry docks, passenger launches and other fishing trawlers have been advised to prevent stagnation of water in such tyres. "The simplest way could be to drill a hole at the bottom of the tyres so that the water drains out," the statement concludes.
Poor vector-control measures by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) have led to a massive rise in malaria cases in the twin cities, experts said on Wednesday [9 Jan 2013].
What has been more disconcerting for authorities is that there were 9 cases in the last 9 days alone, official records from the malaria wing of the Directorate Of Health states. "Normally, during November and December, the mosquito-borne diseases decline, but the high numbers this year  only reflect that the vector control measures such as spraying are not being taken care of adequately," said a general physician, who has seen several cases in the last week.
Experts said mosquitoes are breeding despite the fact that there were no unusual rains this season. "The malaria parasite disappears over the winter, but in
The majority of cases are being reported from the
"We have not seen a single medical camp being organised in our area in Puranapul. We have been complaining to the officials about the mosquito menace in our area, but no action has been taken," said M Mallanna, a local trader. Amberpet, Bahadurpura, Uppuguda, Vattepally, Toli Chowki, Hakimpet, Seven Tombs,
Last year  during the monsoon season, the government organised several anti-malaria campaigns in the city, where they highlighted how mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya can be controlled by effective measures taken by residents. Officials said public participation is required to control the spurt of vector-borne diseases, but people generally do not bother clearing stagnant water or cleaning coolers regularly.
Malaria is among the top 5 killer diseases which affect millions of Indians every year, and despite several measures undertaken by the central government, the menace continues.
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