To eliminate malaria and dengue from the city, the UT administration has decided to enroll students as health messengers. From taking part in making awareness videos to reporting mosquito infested places, the school children will play a crucial role in the awareness programme.
Last year, the city witnessed around 115 cases of malaria and nearly 13 dengue cases, which was lowest so far in the history. The Annual Parasitic Incidence (API) (total number of positive slides for parasite in a year x 1000/total population) in Chandigarh was .2 in 2014.
Dr Anil Garg, nodal officer for NVBDCP said, “If API of any city is less than 1 then it appears in the the pre-elimination phase. The city is already in that phase and we are now planning to completely eliminate the disease.”
He added, “It has been seen in the past that whenever malaria cases entered the pre-elimination phase, it has rebounded. Also, this year, because of the cyclica variations, we are expecting more number of dengue cases.”
Health officials have taken three steps to ensure that the disease remain under control. It includes issuing dengue cards to school students, showcasing videos in schools and issuance of challans to offenders.
Dr V K Gagneja, director of Health Services, said, “Dengue cards will be issued to students during the mosquito breeding season (July-September). The students will have to fill it on a weekly basis. They will look out for the sources of stagnant water especially in coolers and other household items, and will find out mosquito larvaes. The same will be reported to the health department.”
“There is a possibility that a play by school students from Bhaskar Colony will be shot and screened in different schools. It will be more interactive, rather than just lectures,” Dr Anil said.
The UT adviser has also approved the implementation of epidemic disease Act 1897 and instructed the controlling officers to ensure the issuance of notices and challans of Rs 500 to offenders.
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