Karnataka: Malaria spread in 20 districts, spreading at an alarming rate!

Bengaluru: Malaria is spreading all over the state and government is taking measures to deal with malaria. Prior it was limited to udupi and Dakshina Kannada but it has now spread to eight districts of North Karnataka.

According to Deccan Chronicle, periodic cases had been reported from 12 districts, “Malaria is now found in around 20 districts of the state and is spreading at an alarming rate,” said Shalini Rajaneesh, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare.

An official said, “The local bodies have been asked to dump debris over stagnant water in stone quarries. Agricultural fields are also playing a major role in the breeding of the malaria mosquito.”

People are educated about the stagnant water and its harmful effects that can cause ideal breeding of mosquitoes by the health department with the help of local bodies. Government is taking preventive measures by removing the water debris near the construction sites and in stone quarries with the help of local bodies.

The department said the local health officials to keep check on the water before it supplied to the consumers especially in summer. Ms Rajaneesh said, “We have taken up a massive drive to ensure that only treated water is supplied for drinking.”