With dengue season arriving there are fear in the national Capital that the deadly disease might strike again. Moreover, many residents of Okhla are living in fear as several deaths were reported from the locality last year.
As part of the effort to get ready to check dengue, the local RWA held a meeting today with residents. Besides, resident welfare associations (RWA) have been directed to spread awareness in their colonies about dengue prevention measures.
“Community efforts in right direction can minimise the disease burden in the country. Simple measures can be taken for keeping the surroundings clean and free of mosquitoes. Success of the dengue control programme is related to community participation and ownership,” Union Health Minister J P Nadda said.
“For this purpose, cleanliness is the most important thing. It is the responsibility of all of us and within our communities to insist that we don’t create an environment for the dengue to breed,” Nadda added.
To assess dengue prevalence, it has been reported that Director of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will conduct a national-level survey.
“We do not have enough India-specific data to understand the anti-body rate within the community,” ICMR’s Dr Soumya Swaminat said.
A few days ago, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had called a meeting where he directed officials to address the situation and had promised to make Delhi mosquito-free
Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “We will have to get rid of mosquito-borne diseases. It will be made a people’s movement. It is only possible with people’s participation.”