Mosquito-borne illnesses

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Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to transmit disease to humans results in millions of deaths each year. According to the World Health Organization, malaria caused 438,000 deaths in 2015 alone. The global incidence of dengue fever has increased 30 times over the past 30 years, and more and more countries are reporting their first outbreaks of the disease. Zika, dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever are transmitted to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. There is a big problem with mosquitoes in Sindh. They also make children and the elderly more susceptible to mosquito-borne diseases. In the past few decades there has been a mosquito repellent in every street, village and town. However, it is no longer due to bad governance and corruption in government sectors.

More than half of the world’s population lives in areas where this species of mosquito is found. Sustainable mosquito control measures are important to prevent outbreaks of these diseases. There are different types of mosquitoes and some have the ability to transmit many different diseases. Hence, the government of Sindh should take remedial action to get rid of mosquito-borne diseases. There should be an anti-mosquito spray in every town and village. The cities of Jamshoro and Sehwan in particular urgently need more spray.

IMTIAZ ESSA HALEPOTO,

Jamshoro.

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