CUTTACK: The mosquito threat has become alarming in Millennium City, which recorded a mosquito density index (number of mosquitoes per trap) above 65 this month, compared to 45 to 50 last month.
The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), which should have planned measures to contain the mosquito population well in advance of the October-December breeding season, rushed to launch the program in November after a report on the matter was published in TNIE.
The Citizens Authority has hired four Multipurpose Health Inspectorates (MPHS) under the National Program for the Control of Vector-borne Diseases (NVBDCP) to coordinate and oversee larval operations in the city.
However, it is claimed that the CMC’s anti-larval surgery does not produce desirable results because it is performed by unskilled workers.
A city-based entomologist said there was a need for qualified personnel to be trained in mosquito control methods and the use of larvicides.
The CMC has three sanctioned posts of Filaria Inspectors (FI) and a Malaria inspector.
While two FI positions are vacant, two Filaria supervisors work as responsible FIs, which has an impact on the NVBDCP work.
To manage the mosquito control program, the Citizens Authority has hired 4 MPHS for NVBDCP activities in the city.
However, the 4 MPHS have yet to be trained in the use of the larvicides and the implementation of fogging for successful anti-larval surgery.
While no steps are being taken to fill the vacancies, the Citizens’ Service still needs to use modern methods and technology to run the mosquito control program. Locals said that although city officials claim they used anti-larval oil in drains, there was no monitoring of the work or misting.
Satyabrata Mohapatra, the city’s health officer, refused to comment on the issue.