School roofs become a breeding ground for mosquitoes
What comes to your mind when you think that schools and colleges are closed for a month together? A thick layer of dust on benches, chairs, cobwebs in corners and musty-smelling classrooms. But that’s not all. The roofs of some school buildings in the city have turned into huge breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Educational institutions statewide are expected to reopen on September 1 after a hiatus of more than five months – they were opened briefly in February and closed from March 24 amid signs of the second wave of the pandemic of COVID-19 have started to be observed. Before the reopening this time around, instructions were issued to clean the schools.
Government staff who visited schools for the sanitation campaign found leaves and various garbage blocking water outlets on the roofs of buildings, causing rainwater to stagnate. As it has rained regularly over the past week, the roofs were unable to dry out. The presence of algae indicated that the water had not been cleared for a long time.
State health department officials earlier said that even 30 to 40 ml of standing water in a container for a few weeks is enough for mosquitoes to breed. The sight of puddles on the roof and tiny mosquitoes made officials shiver. The Aedes mosquito species, carriers of the dengue virus, breed in stagnant fresh water.
While apartments and other residential buildings surround the school building, no one has so far lodged a complaint about it.
Additional Director of the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Program (Telangana), G. Amar Singh Naik called on people to take 10 minutes every week to clean up standing water in and around the house. If someone is detected with dengue, malaria, chikungunya, they can dial “104”. Upon receipt of this information, the health teams will carry out a surveillance activity.
During a recent inspection of residential and office buildings, health workers also found water accumulated in plates placed under flower pots, in empty alcohol bottles thrown on the patio or around the patio. house, in empty coconut shells and broken plastic containers among other things.