The Delhi government has decided to launch its awareness campaign against dengue and started mapping areas affected by the mosquito-borne viral disease last year, said Health Minister Satyendar Jain Friday.
Emphasis will be on areas affected last year and the focus will be on preventive measures, added Jain. The government is considering campaigns in schools and workplaces.
Jain said dengue starts emerging from June onwards. “We found that last year, most dengue patients were between 15 and 45 years of age. That means the students and the working people feature most in this bracket. We will have our focus on workplaces, schools and other areas where dengue mosquito could breed. We request all to wear long sleeves and pants and cover themselves with anti-mosquito balm.”
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To make the government’s initiative successful, people have to play the most important part, said Jain.
“The onus is on people… As eggs of mosquito spreading dengue hatch in a week, it will be safe if people do the checks every once in a week. Be it bottle caps, containers or coolers, people should be careful… Surroundings too must be checked. With preventive measures, dengue can be controlled,” he added.
While the field work will be done by the municipal corporations, the government will monitor dengue breeding checkers and other staff, said Jain.
The minister also said the Central Procurement Agency will be merged in Delhi Health Commission. The commission’s task would be to procure material for hospitals.