August 21, 2019

Initiative to contain spread of water & vector-borne diseases

Bayer supports flood-affected areas with disease control measures

Mumbai, August 21, 2019: Bayer is collaborating with state and local government officials, village heads and pest control operators to prevent and contain the spread of water and vector-borne diseases such as malaria in the flood-affected areas of Palus taluka (Sangli district) and Shirol taluka (Kolhapur district) in Maharashtra. These areas have been adversely affected by flooding caused due to a recent spate of incessant rains.

People from flood-affected areas have been facing disruption in water supply, damage to crops, fields and houses. Thousands of people have also had to relocate to safer places. Bayer has identified flood-affected areas with support from local administration, Municipal Corporations, local communities and Pest Control Operators (PCOs) from the Bayer Network.

Two teams of 25 experts each, have been deployed to provide comprehensive solutions to the affected communities and help curtail the spread of diseases. Bayer products are being used for larviciding and space spray operations to control the proliferation of mosquito vectors. The Bayer team is also providing on-ground training support on correct product application, dosage and safety precautions to the PCOs working in the flood-affected areas.

“Post heavy rains and flooding or water-logging situations, the key concerns are carcass & animal residue and stagnant water. This provides an ideal breeding ground for vectors such as flies and mosquitoes, which can cause various water-borne and vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. It is important to carry out anti-larval and fly control measures to prevent a disease outbreak. We are working with public authorities in Maharashtra to provide effective and timely support to flood-affected areas,” said Dr. Arun Kumar, Head of Environmental Science, Bayer South Asia.

Suhas Joshi, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bayer South Asia, said, “We are implementing a detailed sanitation and hygiene program with the District Collectors, Zilla Parishads and Nagar Panchayats to support relief work across 60 villages and 3 towns in Maharashtra.”

The activity is being conducted by Bayer Prayas, a Section 8 company and non-profit organization, which undertakes Corporate Societal Engagement activities for Bayer in India.

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Saswati Panigrahi
Communications, Bayer Group in India
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Uma Hariharan
Communications, Bayer Group in India
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