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Preparedness on to counter dengue, mosquito breeding

With report surfacing of dengue case surfacing in Delhi efforts are on to counter the disease. In Okhla too residents are worried as the first case has been surfaced from this locality. To address the situation, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of NCT of Delhi Satyendar Jain, on April 13 at the Delhi Secretariat on prevention and control of dengue, a vector borne disease. The meeting was attended by senior officers of Central Government, NCDC, NBDCP and National Institute of Malaria Research besides Dr. Tarun Seem, Secretary (Health), GNCTD and Medical Superintendents of various hospitals under Central and Delhi Government.

It was emphasised by the Health Minister that at this point of time more emphasis should be on prevention of dengue by controlling the mosquito breeding since majority of the mosquito breeding takes place in the fresh water collected in plastic containers, broken bottles, dabbas, plastic overhead water tanks, cement tanks, water coolers, tyres, flower pots, trash etc.

Necessary steps should be taken that there is no collection of fresh water. This should be done by sensitizing the public in masses regarding preventing mosquito breeding. For this Domestic Breeding Checkers will visit all the houses and sensitize the public regarding mosquito breeding and notice be issued if there will be any mosquito breeding and tamephos granules in the form of 5/10 gm pouches be made available to the public wherever, it is not possible to keep water containers empty.

Also there should be better coordination and timely action by various stakeholders to stop the vector borne diseases. Information, education and communication system should be strengthened for prevention of dengue by using electronic and print media.  There should also be involvement of school children of government/private schools and colleges.

All establishments including government/private hospitals should identify a Nodal Officer to ensure there is no mosquito breeding in their premises.  The Health Minister also said that encouragement should be given for use of NICD coolers in place of conventional desert coolers. There should be Zero tolerance in this regard. Health Minister also said that Dengue must be closely monitored apart from keeping preparedness at optimum level.

The RWAs and Mohalla Sabhas must be involved in more effective manner in sensitization campaign to create awareness regarding control of mosquito breeding and prevention of dengue, he said.  He also stressed that awareness campaign should ensure active participation of citizens.

The Health Minister emphasised that all overhead and underground water tanks must be cleaned on regular basis by all concerned. Any possibility for mosquito-genic condition must scrupulously be avoided.  The Medical Superintendents of the Hospitals were specifically directed to check overhead and underground water tanks within their premises to ensure that there is no mosquito breeding. He strongly appealed the Heads of the Offices, Educational Institutions, RWA, Industrial Associations and Market Federations to ensure that all the tanks within their premises are kept clean and free from mosquito breeding.

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