Dealing with the Mosquito Menace as an ALM

The citizens of Mumbai have suffered due to mosquito borne diseases for the longest time. In recent times, such cases have been escalating. Instances of both types of Malaria, and Dengue now seem to have become rampant, no matter in which part of Mumbai one looks. One such example was in the year 2010, when St Elizabeth Hospital in D ward, was running full for days with patients afflicted with Malaria along with Typhoid in some cases.


The citizens of the area around St Elizabeth Hospital decided to take responsibility and check their immediate surroundings and homes to ensure that there was no possibility of mosquito breeding. The Assistant Commissioner of D Ward MCGM was encouraged to get involved in curbing the spread of these diseases.


Pest Control India (PCI) was also contacted and visited all the societies, buildings, shops, and establishments in the area. On their visits, the officials of PCI checked the premises and informed the residents about the preventive measures to be taken. PCI also handed over various pieces of informative literature for distribution within the co-operative housing societies in the area.


Thanks to the complete cooperation of the citizens, the MCGM, and the PCI officials who inspected the premises, the breeding of mosquitoes was curbed, preventing the spread of these deadly diseases.


In partnership with the MCGM, the ALM of Little Gibbs Roads – 1, 2 & 3 requested PCI to loan their “larvae site spray machines” to MCGM D Ward, as PCI machines are most effective in destroying the larvae. PCI readily agreed and a large number of these spray machines were loaned to D Ward and are being effectively used in the ward to this day.


This case clearly illustrates how it is us citizens ourselves who must take the first step towards solving our problems. The only way for us to tackle the various issues that we face, is to partner with the authorities, and work together to find solutions, as our fellow citizens in D Ward have shown us.