Panchkula Municipal Corporation Installs Devices Developed By NASA To Counter The Mosquito Menace!

Health is the most pressing concern facing an Indian rural household. Sadly, it is also the most overlooked issue. In a bid to earn the bread and butter for the family, people often ignore symptoms of major diseases at the initial level. Very few families go for regular health check-ups. In the past few years, the diseases caused by mosquitoes have seen a huge growth. Dengue has been prevalent even in the biggest cities of the country. Awareness about the dangers possessed by mosquitoes are being spread in schools, offices and societies. It is very inspiring to see the administrative bodies work for the better of the society and improve the standard of living of their citizens.

Taking the health concerns and fight against deadly mosquitoes one step ahead, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation has come up with the idea of using technology designed by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Jogpal has approved the installation of mosquito-killing machines which are developed with the assistance from NASA.

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Panchkula will actually become the first civic body in Haryana to use this technology. It really is the need of the hour to install these machines, especially in the rural areas. The slums are infested with mosquitoes and all other regular techniques are failing to fight the mosquito menace. Similar devices are being used by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. The plan is to initially install 10 such machines at public places.

Apart from these new machines, the previously used fogging machines have also been increased from a mere 4 to 27. The Panchkula Municipal Corporation have made door to door visits to do a proper inspection of the mosquito situation.

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The functioning of the machine

The machine attracts mosquitoes and vacuums them into the unit. The attraction relies on the natural hunting techniques of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes hunt through heat sensing and carbon dioxide detection. The machine mimics the body temperatures and breathing patterns of humans and animals with the release of carbon dioxide. Hence, the mosquitoes are attracted by the use of thermal imagery and measured releases of carbon dioxide. The machine is turned on at night and off at day through a photo sensor.

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With proactive intervention by the authorities, the cases had dipped slightly last year from 186 dengue and 179 malaria in 2016 to 90 dengue and 182 malaria in 2017. The use of technology is sure to bring an even more positive response and further decline in these cases. This is another story that shows how technology is helping humans in every single step of their life. We should be thankful to the scientists at NASA for developing such a useful device.

The cost of one device is approximately ₹2.5 lakhs, but its significance crosses any monetary valuations. Another positive thing about the device developed by NASA is that it only kills mosquitoes and spares other insects and pests which are actually good for the environment.

 

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