During the last three days, the entomology wing of the civic body has taken up anti-larval operations in 1,371 educational institutions, fogging in 1,039 and sanitisation in 1,328 institutions.
This comes after the GHMC recently found that with the onset of monsoon, there is a gradual increase in the presence of ‘Aedes aegypti’ mosquitoes, the carrier of dengue virus, in the city. Locked houses, schools and construction sites where there is stagnant water in washrooms, containers, sumps and tanks are the biggest menace during this season. “Aedes mosquito requires just one teaspoon of water to lay its eggs and for the larvae to fully develop into an adult mosquito. Since all schools have been shut for months together, due to the pandemic, they can be a good spot for mosquito breeding,” said Dr A Rambabu, chief entomologist, GHMC.
“To ensure that there is no stagnant water for these mosquitoes to breed in schools and its surrounding areas, we are taking up a slew of measures, including effective surveillance, which will continue up till this month-end and then there will be a follow-up once weekly,” said Rambabu.
This apart, for effective implementation of the drive, the GHMC also identified breeding hotspots in the city and categorised them into construction sites, schools, function halls, cellars, open plots and locked houses.