The Health Minister of Gujarat, Shankar Chaudhary suggested an effective method to keep mosquitoes in check and make Gujarat malaria free and mosquito free.

Gujarat is facing the menace caused by mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, etc. and to combat and eradicate the spread of such diseases, Chaudhary suggested that drones to find mosquito-breeding sites. The State Government of Gujarat has launched a drive which targets to make Gujarat malaria-free by 2020 and as a part of this drive, AMC inaugurated a city-wide campaign on Wednesday.

At the launch ceremony of the campaign, state health minister, Shankar Chaudhary, recommended that AMC should deploy drones to check for mosquito breeding sites in backyards and terraces of households, where scrap is usually kept, making conditions more conducive for mosquito breeding. We are still not very aware about the number of deaths caused because of mosquito-borne diseases and how serious the matter is. According to the data of AMC, Ahmedabad witnessed 6,358 cases of malaria in 2014, 6,857 in 2015 and 9,979 in 2016. Did you notice the continuously hiking number of cases? The problem is getting very serious and it must be taken care of.

Chaudhary also said that “The severity of malaria is felt with more than 40,000 cases reported across the country. Around 56 countries of the world have successfully implemented malaria eradication programmes, so why can’t we?”. Maybe because we haven’t really tried, or maybe because there is still a majority of population who doesn’t know the seriousness of the issue and are unaware of what can be done to prevent the growth of mosquitoes. But with such efforts, this can definitely be fought and we can have mosquito-free cities, states and countries.