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In a first, Mumbai's civic body uses fumigating drone to fight vector-borne diseases!

Even inaccessible spots of the cramped Prabhadevi, Lower Parel & Mahalaxmi wards could be fumigated easily!

In a bid to prevent the rise of vector-borne diseases in Mumbai, the BMC has employed the use of a fumigating drone. A maiden move, this initiative has helped the civic body to clock in a 54% drop in the number of dengue and malaria cases in Mumbai's G-South West Ward, this year. The effective arrest can be attributed to the usage of the drone, which eased the penetration of the anti-larval spray even in the inaccessible spots across the cramped Prabhadevi, Lower Parel & Mahalaxmi.

G-South Ward office has eliminated 674 mosquito breeding spots

By virtue of the drone's compact size, the high-tech system proved to be very effective in conducting a detailed fumigation drive. The equipment costs around ₹7 lakh and was brought in through the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds, read reports. It has a 10-litre tank, can rise to an elevation of 40 meters and can decontaminate about 5-hectares of land in an hour.

For the BMC operation over the G-South West Ward, the drone was used to spray anti-larval chemicals across roof gutters, dilapidated mill compounds, railway workshop areas and even chawls, to stop the rise of mosquitoes and vector-borne diseases, especially during monsoon. Besides fumigation, the G-South Ward office also identified and eliminated 674 mosquito breeding spots across the administrative ward.

As against last year's count of 900, the BMC has recorded only 407 malaria cases here, read reports. This tally has clutched by more than half, pronouncing the effectiveness of the system in place. Overall, it points at the improving health status of the city, a dire need amid the pandemic reign.

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