Mosquito: mosquito nets are in demand, prices are rising, while dengue fear plagues Calcutta | Kolkata News
KOLKATA: Mosquito nets disappeared from some bedding stores in the neighborhood after demand suddenly surged due to fever fear that gripped people after the pandemic. A bulk order from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has also boosted demand. The shops are taking the opportunity and have raised prices.
Some shops in Hatibagan and Gariahat ran out of mosquito nets and had to reorder because they had not anticipated the increase in demand. “We usually sell around 25-30 mosquito nets this season and have another 20 in stock. But this time the entire inventory was used up earlier this week. We are now getting fresh goods, ”said Dhiren Das, a seller in a bedding shop in Hatibagan.
At the city’s mosquito net hub in Chetla, where stores operate both wholesale and retail, sales rose nearly 8% to 10%. “People suddenly seem to have recognized the benefits of mosquito nets,” says Swapan Sarkar, who runs a shop there.
Park Circus resident Sneha Mukherjee is among the many who have started using mosquito nets. “The last time I used one was about three decades ago. The only alternative was the choking mosquito coil. But after the introduction of mats and liquid repellants, the use of mosquito nets ceased. But with fever causing so much fear since the pandemic, I decided to use mosquito nets, ”she said.
Doctors admitted that overlapping symptoms of Covid, malaria, dengue, and flu made it difficult to understand what was happening until diagnostic tests were done, saying people should take precautions against mosquito bites, just like wearing masks for Covid .
Nizam Khan, who sits at the family-run, five-decade-old wholesale store in Chetla, said a KMC order had boosted demand this year. Alerted by the rise in malaria and dengue cases, KMC ordered 20,000 mosquito nets to be distributed to slum and sidewalk dwellers. “We distributed them with the help of the police in the affected districts,” said a KMC official.
This year, 8,000 people in four counties tested positive for malaria, a 60% increase from the previous year. Over 60% of these cases are falciparum or malignant malaria. Some areas where the numbers of infected are high are Burrabazar, Jorabagan, Beadon Street, Rabindra Sarani, College Street, Elliot Road, Entally, Park Circus, Taltala, Amherst Street, and Bidhan Sarani. Similarly, dengue cases have also increased, with around 1,000 people testing positive.