Rains have started and surely dengue is going to be raising its ugly head again. If we the citizens all join together to act in a coordinated way, we can beat up this menace.
All what we have to do is to make sure we all check our own surroundings for any water collection. Every single Sunday at 9 a.m., if we can just check our homes and garden surroundings for any place, where there is a possibility of a mosquito laying eggs – i.e. stagnant water – we can eradicate dengue.
Once a week checking is enough if done methodically. Even if a mosquito lays eggs during other days it will take at least 10 days to hatch and become mosquitoes. Therefore, if every Sunday the whole nation makes sure we do this checking there will be no place for mosquitoes to multiply themselves.
In addition to this, we can also propagate mosquito repellant plants such as mint, basil, sera and vinca (mini mal). Not only in our own gardens but also in common places if we can plant these they will be useful, beautiful, help the environment in addition to the mosquito control.
Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai Dehiwala