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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
25th April 2016
NICD Cooler to Take Care of Malaria​   
Dengue and Chikungunya have become important outbreak prone vector-borne diseases in the country. Outbreaks result in loss of working man-hours, long period disability in patients after initial recovery from diseases like Chikungunya, mortality in patients suffering from dengue hemorrhagic fever, which directly affect the economy of the society. 
The mosquitoes transmitting these viral diseases are found breeding in domestic/peri-domestic containers including desert coolers.
The conventional desert coolers are being used in many parts of the country as cooling devices in houses, offices and industrial establishments during the summer months. 
The conventional desert coolers hold water for long period and they have become the potential breeding grounds for dangerous mosquitoes in absence of adequate control efforts. 
A study carried out in Delhi area revealed that more than 50% of the breeding places of dengue vectors are contributed by these conventional coolers because of the following reasons: 
  • The water tank of the conventional coolers is open type, which attracts mosquitoes for egg laying, which results in prolific breeding of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and transmit dengue/Chikungunya viruses. 
  • Weekly larviciding or cleaning is required to prevent breeding of mosquitoes inside the cooler, which is often not practiced. 
  • Standing water in the cooler, when not in use, particularly during monsoon season, has high potential for the breeding of dengue vector mosquito and thus increases the risk of disease transmission.
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Prevention of water-borne diseases
New Delhi, April 24, 2016: Safe water is essential for  the prevention of most water and food-borne diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid and jaundice. These diseases are 100% preventable. All of them can be life-threatening if not prevented, diagnosed or treated in time. Transmission of parasitic infections can also occur with contaminated water. 
Raising awareness about the same, Dr SS Agarwal - National President IMA & Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal - Honorary Secretary General IMA & President HCFI said, "According to a report by the United Nation, over 1 lakh people in India die of water-borne diseases annually.
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