A unique competition Held to Destroy Mosquito Breeding Sites: 27 Degree Colleges Take Part

A unique competition Held to Destroy Mosquito Breeding Sites: 27 Degree Colleges Take Part

August 19: A unique competition ‘Drive Larva Day’ was jointly organised by Dakshina Kannada district administration, district health department and Mangalore City Corporation. This was held to destroy mosquito breeding sites and to create awareness on Dengue. Students from 27 degree colleges in Mangalore took part in the inter-college competition.
The inauguration was held at Abhisheka Hall on the premises of Kadri Sri Manjunatha Temple. Speaking during the inauguration, Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil said that homes are the safest place for mosquitoes to breed in. Therefore, people should clear stagnant water on the premises of their house, he said.
Deputy Commissioner S Sasikanth Senthil hands over T-Shirts to the participants of ‘Drive Larva Day’ competition.

Twenty seven teams representing various colleges, took part in the competition. Each team comprised five members. The health department deployed a supervisor for each team to guide the students. Each team was assigned a site in Kadri region. The team members were asked to wear gloves and to compulsorily smear neem oil on the body to avoid mosquito bites. Each team had to visit at least 10 sites.
The teams observed that most of the mosquito breeding sites were on the terraces and chajjas–the protruding cover over the windows of an establishment.

Dr P Dayananda Pai and P Sathish Pai Government First Grade College, Car Street, bagged the first prize. St Aloysius College won the second prize and Government First Grade College for Women, Balmatta, bagged the third prize. The teams winning first, second and third prizes were awarded Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 respectively.

 

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