The fly is man’s enemy ?

During the Great War, a pamphlet was issued in the army. With the title (in what was called Roman Urdu) Is makhi KO maro. The army authorities had been encouraged to publish this by the fact that many soldiers were suffering from dysentery, typhoid and stomach complaints. Most of those troubles arose from food and drink containing impurities and germs and those germs were carried on to the food in most cases by the ordinary fly. In war diseases caused by the fly and its infection caused more causality on the whole than the bullets and bombs of the enemy.

The fly lays its eggs on decaying flesh or vegetables matter. Thus young flies begin life in dirty surroundings. That taste for filth remains with the fly, for it is always ready to settle on a dead animal, on a heap of manure, or on a festering wound. The next thing it sits upon may be the chapatti which you are about to eat, or the fruit that is on a plate in your house. Thus the disease germs from the dirty objects in the neighborhood are transferred to our food. Can we afford to have an enemy in our homes?

What a sight was seen only a few months ago by a medical officers of health while visiting a certain bazaar, along a little street of houses and small shops ran on open drain. Along the drain ran dirty water from the houses and children openly sat down to perform the office of nature in it. Flies buzzed all along the course of the drain. Near was a little shop with sweetmeats and grains for sale. A large flat basket was filled jelebi and there were hundreds of flies sitting on the sweet things? Is there any wonder that the hospitals are full of cholera and dysentery cases, and that so many children die in their first year of life?

The fly must be declared an enemy. Around our houses, no rubbish or waste food must be left in which it can breed. Our food must be kept covered and our houses sprayed with some insecticide like flit. We must refuse to buy from shopkeepers who allow their goods to be exposed to swarms of flies, and we must explain this to them. Only by such vigorous steps can our health and the health of our family be safeguarded.  

 By Rehana khan(111/10)

    

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