The Malaysian Ministry of Health plans to expand its use of drone technology at state health departments across the country to fight Aedes mosquitoes and control Dengue eruptions. Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that the drones could be very effective for detecting mosquitoes, especially in difficult areas. He continued to say that on the basis of preliminary information, the allocation of the drones could be sought by the Ministry through provisions in the budget 2019.
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The plans for the Malaysian Ministry of Health use more drones
"I acknowledge that the use of drones to detect Aedes mosquito cultivation is something new and the unit can be purchased at RM20,000 per unit," said the minister according to the Malaysian post.
"I am convinced that state health departments should be able to afford the drones," he told reporters after approving the Mega 2.0 Gotong-Royong program to fight Aedes mosquitoes here today.
According to the minister, the decline in dengue and death in dengue is due to the ongoing efforts to raise public awareness about the danger of the mosquito. Malaysia's Ministry of Health also promotes precautions that include communication for behavioral impact (combi).
Not the first time drones are used
Earlier this year we reported about another situation in Malaysia where drones were used to monitor deforestation and trace malaria-bearing monkeys in the depths of the Malaysian forests. Especially in Borneo, there has been an increase in the lethal "monkey malaria", where the disease accounts for 69% of all malaria cases in Malaysia. Using drones equipped with infrared cameras, researchers in the Monkey Bar Project can better follow the monkeys through the forest and finally slow down the spread of disease.
Tanzania uses drones to fight mosquitoes as well
Drones take the fight against malaria against the disease-bearing mosquitoes in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Malaria affects more than 200 million people a year and kills about 500,000 of them. The disease has long been a problem in Tanzania. During one of the recent campaigns to combat malaria, millions of bed nets were distributed in sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose was to break the mosquito cycle and bite infected people and become a carrier of the disease, infect more people. Bedding networks have been very successful, which reduced the number of infected persons from 40% to less than 1% in some areas of Zanzibar. More…
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