Delhi government is preparing itself to fight with mosquitoes. The government has planned to introduce frogs to do away with mosquitoes’ population in Delhi.
The latest planning to counter mosquitoes in capital region can not be termed as needless because the recent mosquito count report has revealed that the population of dengue-carrying mosquito have been increased by more than 4 times of the count in June last year.
But the major question is that are frogs the full and final solution? What happened to the different awareness programs of state’s health department?
National Institute of Malaria Research Director, Professor A K Dash has also put forward a question by saying that these Dengue-carrying mosquitoes, domestic or peri-domestic species, actually breed in water coolers and water tankers.
So, is this a practicable approach to restrict the mosquitoes breeding by putting frogs there in water tankers and coolers? This is absolutely not a feasible approach.
There is another problem that will derail the Delhi government’s planning that Delhi has no the sufficient numbers of frogs. They are also being disappeared because of the increasing pollution in Yamuna and vanishing wetlands in the NCR region.
The report says that government has perhaps planned to import frogs from neighboring states such as UP and Haryana. Would the government succeed in its planning is a major question. However, some conservationists have already given the idea negative points.
The question is that if there is no any viable environment for keeping frogs alive here, how can the imported frogs sustain here and how can they fight with mosquitoes in the environment that is not good for the frogs. There is a need to improve the habitat and pollution levels first. When the old frogs have been died here the frogs from outside may die out for same reason.
Putting fish species such as gambusia and guppys to some of the water bodies to do a clean up job on mosquito larvae. So, the Delhi government should think again on the ‘frog planning’ because ‘fish planning would work better on to counter the breeding of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in Capital.