The ever-increasing mosquito menace in Kerala’s Kochi has always made to headlines several times, but hardly any steps have been taken to tackle the issue. With rising cases of dengue and malaria in the city, the opposition decided to mark a protest. In a bid to address the issue and its growing problems among the people, the councillors sat draped in a mosquito net in front of the Kochi Corporation office. The photo of the unique protest demanding steps for the pest control has now gone viral. The picture shows four protestors from the opposition holding placards against mosquito menace sitting inside a pink net.

Kerala: Dengue cases shoot up, Congress blames health minister for outbreak

Kerala: Dengue cases shoot up, Congress blames health minister for outbreak

The earlier plan of the Opposition was to drape the Mayor Soumini Jain in a mosquito net, however, she did not turn up. Hence, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) councillors of the Kochi Corporation presented her one. Reports also suggest that the protestors draped the Mayor’s chair with a net in her absence.Later they went to Deputy Mayor T J Vinod’s office to drape him with a net, but he resisted. A photo of leader K J Antony smilingly trying to drape a net around the Deputy Mayor has also been doing rounds on the social media. Here is the picture:

Image: The News Minute
Image: The News Minute

According to the Health Ministry, Kerala reported 19,694 dengue cases in 2017 with 36 people who lost their lives. Kochi is among the worst-hit areas where mosquitos have affected daily lives of people. K J Antony who inaugurated the protest said that spraying and fogging have not taken place yet. He said that delay in fitting action vehicles with fogging machines