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School authorities across the nation have realised that their role in fighting deadly mosquitoes is only going to get more demanding. The reason is simple despite a big push from the government, the overall civilian awareness levels about the problem remains shockingly low. While state and central governments are spending more and collaborating beyond the threat of the monsoon season, cooperation at the grassroots level is lacking.

The Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Arvind Kejriwal government are again at loggerhead over the increase in cases of dengue and malaria in the national capital – Indiatoday.in

This is why concerned parents, guardians, educators, and civic authorities are trying to create an ecosystem that helps them identify the biggest problems when it comes to controlling insect breeding and scaling-up mosquito prevention. This is not easy in a nation where more than 400 different species of mosquitoes are found and general sanitation levels remain low.

Fight against malaria has to be scaled like polio eradication to end the disease by 2030 – Martin Edlund, CEO, MNM – Malaria No More

This is perhaps why fatal diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya, Malaria, and Yellow Fever continue to account for many deaths, especially among the more vulnerable populations, comprising of seniors and children. This discussion focusses on the latter, i.e. how children need more support for mosquito prevention rather than treatment for mosquito-borne diseases. We highlight how more schools are realising their responsibility in this domain and things that need to be done by parents, without depending more on school intervention.

The global malaria strategy calls for early detection and treatment and widespread measures to limit the population’s exposure to mosquitoes. “That means a massive scale up in the use of long-lasting insecticidal nets, indoor residual spraying and other mosquito-control measures,” says Dr Bekedam, WHO International

Schools up the ante but there are hurdles too

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Source: India Today

Schools all over the country are organising awareness programs to teach children and their guardians about how to protect themselves from mosquitoes. This includes discussing different types of mosquito prevention and protection measures that are needed when children are at home, in classrooms, in playgrounds, on camping grips, or in the outdoors.

September 2019 witnessed the Telangana government telling parents that schools were responsible for the rising incidence of dengue fever among the school children – lack of sanitation and hygiene were quoted as the main reasons – News18.com

Schools are co-working with their respective municipalities and taking radical steps to solve the ever-growing instance of mosquito breeding even during the non-rainy seasons. Using insecticide fogging and providing children with regular health check-up camps has come about as a general strategy. But unfortunately, there are some conflicts too. Insecticidal and pesticide fogging is also bringing about more real-life instances of children suffering from allergic reactions and respiratory problems.

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Stagnated Water

Recent examples of active participation at the state level for mosquito control includes Hyderabad where schools were asked to observe a DRY DAY, each Friday. This 10-week program aims to get rid of water stagnation of any type to ensure typical mosquito breeding areas are sanitised – The NewsMinute

Parents are still confused about how to keep away the deadly insects when children are outside, i.e. in unsupervised environments, where the usual sprays, creams and lotions just don’t seem to work. Some metropolitans are advocating the need to practice one Dry Day every week where every type of water stagnation is identified and thoroughly removed. While the advocacy and the fundamental thought is novel, the implementation remains a challenge. The steps taken by schools and government should be appreciated but there is another aspect to this battle—things that parents can do better without the involvement of school authorities. The choice of mosquito repellents is one such thing and largely, this facet of the ongoing fight against mosquitoes carries-on with more fluff and little clarity.

Taking a Closer Look at Mosquito Repellents

Mosquito Repellent Market in India was Worth $670 Million in 2018, and is Projected to Reach Approx $900 Million by 2024 – Globalnewswire.com

This is the era of branding exercises emphasising on 100% effectivity and certifications for family-safe performance. However, there is a lot more being said than being actually done. The mosquito repellent marketplace is the perfect example of this fiasco. While invasive advertising has made parents believe that buying more expensive mosquito repellents ensures their children are safe from all types of insect bites, especially mosquito bites, the truth is rather different.

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There is a wide range of mosquito repellent creams available in the market, but before buying one for your kid, please pause and think—does it need to re-applied? Does it promise skin safety? Will it perform in the outdoor temperature range or hold-up against sweating? Similarly, using strongly formulated mosquito repellents that are reported to have “breakthrough” formulas are often heavy with chemicals that have been banned for their failure to meet children-safety and environment-safety norms in many nations, including developing countries, like India!

Trying Mosquito Repellent Clothing Makes Sense
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Odourless, Invisible Protection from Mosquito Bites

Mosquito Repellent Clothing should not engage your attention for the wrong reasons. Yes, it is a market-first type of technology but it is being accepted, globally. Mosquito repellent clothing takes-off where clothes with special anti-microbial treatment seem to end. The result is ‘performance clothes’ that are very wearable and stylish, & appeal to all age groups. This means kids get mosquito protection-wear in the form of outerwear & inner-wear that is easy to keep-on when venturing outside. From vacations to playgrounds and when away from parental supervision, this type of mosquito-protection clothing performs at all time without the need to spray, dab, ignite, rub, re-apply, or fog. The result is happier, better protected kids while their parents can relax without worrying about rushing to the emergency room! BugShield Clothing meets international standards for such insect-repellent clothing and continues to build-up its line-up of fashion-wear for kids that promises genuine mosquito protection, even when outdoors, in the harshest weather conditions!