Govt looks to religious institutions to combat dengue, chikungunya

The campaign initiated by Delhi’s water and tourism minister Kapil Mishra also received support from celebrities, markets and hotel associations.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2016 12:12 pm
Chikungunya, dengue, One Delhi Campaign, Chikungunya death toll, delhi Chikungunya, delhi Chikungunya death toll, Delhi government, delhi religious institutions, delhi news A patient lies in the corridor near the toilets at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi on Thursday evening. He was in pain and collapsed even as a doctor inquired about his relatives. He was later placed on a stretcher. (Source: Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

The Delhi government on Thursday reached out to the city’s religious institutions to help combat the outbreak of dengue and chikungunya under the government’s ‘One Delhi Campaign’. The campaign initiated by Delhi’s water and tourism minister Kapil Mishra also received support from celebrities, markets and hotel associations.

“Religious institutions like Gauri Shankar temple, Tilak Nagar Gurdwara, Jama Masjid, the Orthodox Church have all come forward to help spread awareness about the diseases. The religious institutions will be making special appeals to the public and request their support to ensure that these diseases are curtailed,” said Mishra.

He said the campaign has also received support from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation. Celebrities like Amjad Ali Khan, Birju Maharaj, Shubha Mudgal, Swapan Sundari among others have also pledged their support for the campaign.

The minister said market associations across Delhi have come forward to join the ‘One Delhi Campaign’ and will help in cleanliness drive in these areas. Mishra and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari carried out a joint fogging exercise on Wednesday. “The ‘One Delhi Campaign’ is above politics, allegiances and personal interests. Delhi belongs to all of us and we must serve it together,” said Mishra.

He added that he was waiting for a response from DPCC president Ajay Maken and appealed to Congress leaders to join them in combating the diseases.