Medical college a breeding ground for mosquitoes

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Tribune News Service

 

Amritsar, May 24

Recent rains in the city have turned vacant plots in Government Medical College here into water ponds, which have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
While the District Health Department is playing a proactive role this year in checking the spread of diseases such as dengue and malaria, such sore spots in a medical institute are falsifying its claims.
The department had claimed that it would create awareness among the residents after learning a lesson from the previous year when the district had reported a record number of 1,540 dengue cases.
Mosquitoes were seen present in large numbers on the surface of these water pools at various places in the college. Some of these water pools are adjacent to the wards for indoor patients who could easily get infected.
Visitors to the medical college said the Health Department was issuing advisories to residents to check stagnation of water near their houses frequently, but it has failed to check the problem at its own institutions.
Earlier, too, in previous years, the dengue larva was detected by the department from the college, especially in hostels for the students. “The department must request college authorities to take pre-emptive measures in view of the larger general public interest,” said a visitor, Harwinder Singh.
Meanwhile, the district epidemiologist, Dr Madan Mohan, said, “A team of the department would be sent to the college to spray chemicals in these water pools. We would also ask the college authorities to activate their own mechanism to check such problems.”
He said the work of introducing Gambusia fish in around 100 ponds in the district has been finished. Officials stated that as the fish fed on dengue larva, it would help in checking mosquito population and consequently the spread of dengue and malaria.

Authorities’ claims fall flat

While the District Health Department is playing a proactive role this year in checking the spread of diseases such as dengue and malaria, such sore spots in a medical institute are falsifying its claims. The department had claimed that it would create awareness among residents after learning a lesson from the previous year when the district had reported a record number of 1,540 dengue cases.

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