West Bengal is Suffering from Dearth of Entomologists

Entomology, the science of studying insects, may appear insignificant at first glance, but its importance cannot be overstated. Insects play a crucial role in our ecosystem and can significantly impact human health, as they serve as vectors for many diseases.

In West Bengal, the lack of entomologists has become a pressing issue, particularly as the state grapples with outbreaks of diseases like encephalitis, transmitted through mosquito, tick, and other insect bites. Despite the looming monsoon season, which typically brings a surge in insect-borne illnesses like malaria, the state has not recruited entomologists in health service facilities for the past 15 years.

Moloy De, the Health Secretary of West Bengal, acknowledged this concerning fact, stating, “I can’t tell the reason. But this is a fact.” The absence of entomologists hampers efforts to understand and mitigate insect-borne diseases, posing a significant public health challenge.

The study of entomology is vital for understanding the diverse characteristics and behaviors of insects, as well as their roles in the ecosystem. Additionally, advancements in entomological research contribute to various fields such as ecology, genetics, physiology, and molecular biology.

With the death toll from encephalitis in West Bengal reaching 210 since January, there is an urgent need for increased research and collaboration among entomologists to address this ongoing crisis and find effective solutions. Investing in entomological studies and recruiting trained professionals can help mitigate the impact of insect-borne diseases and safeguard public health in the region.