The building construction activity which is going on at brisk pace in the twin industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad continues to pose health problems for residents. In last four months, as many as 51 citizens have been affected malaria. Another unnerving fact for citizens is that dengue cases, which are common after the rains, have also come to light. As many as 19 citizens have received treatment for dengue in different hospitals in last four months.

Mosquito menace continues to frustrate people in the Rajshahi city in the absence of any drive during the past three months. The Rajshahi City Corporation has not yet taken any initiative to protect the dwellers from mosquito hazards because of fund constraints.

MIDNAPORE: It seems the Midnapore West district authorities have not taken adequate measures in combating malaria in Belpahari, a high malaria-risk zone in the district.

Over 2,000 families in three areas in the Ratnapura district have been affected by Chikungunya while 500 patients with fever sought treatment at the Eheliyagoda hospital last Thursday, Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry spokesman said. The Ministry also warned of possible outbreaks of diseases like dengue, malaria and filaria following the rains the country is experiencing. He said the Ministry has made arrangements to control the outbreak under the direction of Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.

In Tanzania, millions of people seek treatment for malaria through the private sector. But most cannot afford effective medicines. Now a pilot study is testing whether a drug subsidy scheme could help these patients, with some positive preliminary results.

Even as the Capital sweltered under severe heat conditions, city doctors cautioned about the downside of quick weather changes. Sudden change in temperature and humidity, doctors say, can be dangerous as the weather is conducive for mosquito breeding and other vector-borne diseases (diseases that spread through breeding of mosquitoes or other insects) to spread. Incidents of cholera, typhoid, jaundice and gastric problems also shoot up during this time of the year.

Malaria caused by the deadly plasmodium falciparum parasite is becoming common in India. Even though the number of malaria cases have declined from 30 lakh in 1996 to 16 lakh in 2006, infections caused by plasmodium falciparum have increased from 38% to nearly 50%.

As far as security details go, mine is pretty unflappable. They are seldom fazed by unruly crowds or post-conflict hotspots. But travelling in East Africa one day last year, I stepped into a swarm of mosquitoes. From the expressions on their faces, I realised that close protection was no match for this unarmed threat the size of a speck. Malaria is a relentless killer. In the time it takes to read this article, six more children will die of the disease. Each year, as many as half a billion people catch malaria. More than a million die.

Nearly 120 people have been diagnosed with malaria in the last 10 months in Bardiya district alone. Organizing a press meet here on Thursday, Dr Guna Raj Lohani, the medical superintendent at Bardiya Hospital said that 11 patients were suffering from fatal malaria called plasmodium falciparum. "Hundred-and-five other patients are suffering from plasmodium vivax, considered less dangerous than falciparum," he added. An official however, claimed that the number of fatal plasmodium falciparum patients had been gradually decreasing in the district.

Health authorities have taken prompt action to stall the spread of Chikungunya in Eheliyagoda on the instructions of Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva, a ministry spokesman said. The attention of the Minister had been drawn to the sharp increase of the new cases of Chikungunya reported from the Ratnapura district in the last few days, he said. Blood tests carried out by a medical team sent to Ratnapura on Monday have detected 75 new Chikungunya cases and measures were taken to provide the patients immediate hospital treatment.