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World Mosquito Day 2022


Every year on Aug 20, World Mosquito Day is observed to commemorate the discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross that female Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. On the occasion of 125th year of its celebration, a special program was held at AIPH University based on the theme, Malaria Mosquito Connection, to raise awareness of the dangers of malaria -carrying mosquitoes and throw a spotlight on ongoing efforts to fight against the deadly disease.  

The welcome address and opening remarks were given by Professor Pradeep Panda, Dean -School of Public Health, AIPH University who coordinated and organized the whole event. The distinguished speakers including Dr. R K Hazra, Senior Scientist at the National Academy of Vector-borne Diseases, discussed ways to control malaria and other vector borne diseases. Padma Shri Prof Dr Aditya P Dash, Vice Chancellor, Prof Bishnu Prasad Dash, HOD Zoology Department, Dr Sarswat Mishra, Registrar and Director, AIPH, Prof Prabhas R Mishra were among those in attendance at the special event.

In his address, the Chief Guest Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Editor, Sambad pointed out that earlier people used to ignore the necessity of Public Health however, the Covid pandemic has taught us the need and importance for Public Health. He said, “AIPH University, which is the first and only Public Health institution in Eastern India is making people aware in this field. Under its aegis, scientists and faculty are presenting their findings related to mosquito-borne diseases. It will help students and the community at large.”

The university had also organized a poster and debate competition in the run up to the event. The topic for the poster competition was ‘Malaria Control Needs Innovation to Reduce Disease Burden and Save Lives’. The first prize in the category was bagged by Ms Rojalin Moharana of AIPH University while Mr Sambit Biswaketan from Ravenshaw University and Ms Akanksha Kashyap from AIPH University got the 2nd and 3rd Prize, respectively.  

The topic for debate competition was ‘Malaria Control: Chemical versus Biological’. The first prize was bagged by Mr Sambit Biswaketan from Ravenshaw University while Mr Debasis Ghose from SCS Autonomous College Puri, and Mr Sidhant Dwivedy of AIPH University received the second and third prizes, respectively. The winners of the competitions were felicitated by Chief Guest Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Editor Sambad at the function.

Speaking at the meeting, Dr. R K Hazra said, “Mosquito is the main transmitting agent for a range of diseases and thereby, a major Public Health hazard. “Study of mosquito is an important aspect of Public Health,” he added.

Dr. Hazra also said that public health calls for receipt of early information and quick management of the disease situation.  He also mentioned that in post-Covid times there has been a concerted focus to control vector-borne diseases. Efforts are being made to assess the impact of mosquito density on diseases like Zika and Japanese Encephalitis which are slowly raising their heads. The common denominator in any disease like communicable, viral, vector borne and other disease is public health. Therefore, public health is very important in controlling these diseases. 

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