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Four cases of malaria registered in Gurgaon: RWA's taking precautions, MCG doing nothing
With the onset of summers, we can see a rise in vector born diseases such as dengue and malaria. Every year malaria and dengue cases in Gurgaon rises drastically and this scenario has been getting bad to worse from the past five years.
If we take the data of last two years, then we will see a total of 530 cases reported in 2011 and 602 cases reported in 2012 in the millennium city. This year, the health department officials have already registered four cases in Gurgaon and as summer rises, the number would rise too.

In order to keep malaria at bay, a number of Residents Welfare Associations (RWA) are taking added precautions. Lalit M Chawla, president of celebrity homes in Palam Vihar said, “We are spraying special chemicals in our compound, thrice a week and we have also invested money on fogging machine, which we do use once in two weeks.” Swaran Parihar, president of Catriona apartments have also hired a fogging machine and they use it on regular basis.

Unfortunately, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) are not doing anything fruitful, apart from spreading awareness, which is important but not the only step to combat malaria. When we talked to a councilors from Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, about the steps taken by the municipality, Mangat Ram Baghri, said, “we are creating awareness among the people about malaria and ask them to keep their surroundings neat and clean.”

However the Gurgaon Health Department is trying to fight with the vector born diseases. They are creating awareness drives. They are planning to display hoardings at different places in Gurgaon. They are also creating awareness among the people with the help of media and are also doing workshops for their workers on slide making, informed an official from Gurgaon Health Department.

Some of the main reasons behind the rising malarial and dengue cases in Gurgaon are unplanned construction activities in Gurgaon and setting up of new industries and increased migration as was pointed out by health experts from Gurgaon. To prevent this, the industrialist and builders should ensure proper disposal of waste and construction material so that mosquitoes doesn't breed.

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