Students supply fish to stop malaria
- By: Sanjit Bagchi
Indian medical students are distributing fish in an attempt to reduce malaria cases. Gambusia fish feed on mosquito larvae and are being handed out by more than 300 students in West Bengal.
The students are also encouraging people to fill or drain water sources in fields to reduce risk of malaria, as this is often where mosquitoes lay eggs.
The project is led by a non-governmental organisation and an Indian medical charity, the Society for Social Pharmacology.
Swapan Jana, of the National Medical College and spokesman for the society, says medical students could play an important role in India's anti-malaria campaign: “Malaria is one of the major public health problems in India and has been given high priority by the country. Around 28% of the budget for national health programmes is allotted to the National Anti-Malaria Programme. Still, in 2003, about two million cases of malaria were reported in India,