Punjab is Using Fish to Fight #Dengue #Mosquitos

#Pakistan is in the throes of the dengue epidemic that has taken nearly two dozen lives across the country. While the government seemed to have no comprehensive policy for this incurable disease, provinces are on their own to fight the mosquito-borne virus.

Punjab is the worst-hit province where over 5000 cases have been reported thus far. To combat the deadly virus, the provincial government has introduced a small fish called #Tilapia.

Dengue spreads by mosquito bites while Tilapia feeds on mosquito larva. Therefore, the fisheries department has released an army of 2.4 million Tilapia fish into ponds, puddles, rivers, and other potential breeding grounds of dengue.

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Dr. Amjad Rashid, the head of fisheries department Punjab, said:

We have released 24, 00,000 Tilapia fish in various ponds and rivers across the province to combat Dengue

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