By Biswadeep Nandy and Santanu Ghosh
Balurghat, 4 August : With the monsoon season geared up , the cautious Balurghat civic body came forward to tackle dengue menace after the civic authority released guppy fishes in different waterbodies in all 25 wards including Chakvrigu of the civic area.
The programme was started at a waterbody adjacent to the Zila Parishad premises. Chairman of Balurghat municipality Ashok Mitra, Bipul Kanti Ghosh, member of chairman in council and other officials of Balurghat municipality.
Ashok Mitra said, “as per government guidelines we are conducting survey at all the wards of municipality. Today guppy fishes were released in different water bodies of municipality to tackle dengue “.
Bipulkanti Ghosh said, “ the drains are being cleaned and disinfectant is being spread in the town. Today around 1 lac guppy fishes were released “.
One of the most successful and widely used biological control agent against mosquito larvae is Guppy fish. These fish are known to check the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like malaria and dengue. Named for their ability to feed on mosquito larvae, they are generically known as Gambusia. They are used by health departments across states to curb dengue and malaria.