Thirty cases of malaria have been reported in the city since the start of monsoon. The number of such cases are larger that of the last year.
As per official sources, the areas where the cases of malaria have been reported are along the riverbeds and small lakes – Puranapul, Kurmaguda, Ziyaguda, Uppuguda, Amberpet, Saidabad, Bholakpur, Indira Park, Sanathnagar, Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills.
The causative organism of the malaria reported is Plasmodium Vivax and is hence, said to be less dangerous as it can be medically managed.
Clogged drains, potholed roads and places with stagnant water in the city have become heaven for mosquitoes – the vector (carrier) of the disease causing organism.
Currently, there is severe shortage of health service personnel and hence, the emphasis is now on slum areas. If properly planned and executed, sources say, malaria might be effectively controlled.