Kids, RWAs can help fight dengue

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to school children in the Capital to become “ambassadors”and help create mass awareness about dengue, chikungunya and malaria and the H1N1 virus in the Capital. He also encouraged children and other residents of Delhi to keep a watchful eye on the breeding places of mosquitoes .

“I appeal to all the representatives of Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) to take rounds of their areas to ensure there is no stagnant water. If you find stored water, pour it on the ground. I also urge children to inspect their homes and surroundings to ensure that the larva of the mosquitoes is not generated due to stored water. The 26 lakh school going children can work as the ambassadors for taking mass awareness against dengue-chikungunya-malaria,” said Kejriwal.

The Delhi Chief Minister said that just 10 minutes were required for an inspection to check mosquito breeding. He stated that if Delhiites carried out such an inspection the fight against dengue would be a success.

“I believe if two crore Delhiites campaign against mosquito breeding then it could be another example of success like the odd-even car scheme against pollution,” he said.

Also speaking at the event Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia agreed that schools and school children needed to be involved in spreading awareness about vector borne diseases.

“The government will also work on an awareness campaign to take this message to all sections of society We will also provide CDs/DVDs to MLAs, SDMs and RWAs, to make people aware of these diseases. These CDs will also be given to principals to be screened during assembly to make school children aware,” said Sisodia. “In the next two-three days, both these films will be available at the schools and RWAs, he added.

“There are 26 lakh schoolchildren in Delhi. If they are encouraged to check mosquito breeding in their homes and neighbourhood, dengue and chikungunya can be brought under control,” Sisodia said.



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