With 29 fresh dengue cases being reported on Saturday — the highest so far for a day this season — Delhi health minister AK Walia called for the need to involve school students in spreading awareness of mosquito-borne diseases. The official count of dengue has now reached 169.
“All government schools, including the three municipal bodies, NDMC and cantonment board should be involved in dengue and malaria prevention. They can play a vital role in creating awareness in the neighbourhoods,” Walia said.
“The schools should also utilise the services of children in carrying out rallies in the neighbourhood,” he said. The minister also directed that the state government’s Accredited Social Health Activist (Asha), volunteers, involved in assisting in local community, to be engaged for combating mosquito-borne diseases.
Walia also instructed the medical superintendents of all government hospitals to step up measures to handle the increasing number of dengue cases.
“Hospitals have been asked to keep beds ready for critical dengue patients, besides ensuring that they have test kits and medicines to handle emergencies,” he said. He further directed medical superintendents to coordinate with blood banks and ensure that the patients are provided platelets well in time. The minister also directed for debris removal from construction sites and said that sanitation must be given priority.
Walia warned officials of severe disciplinary action if high breeding index was reported from vulnerable locations in the city: Indira Camp, Kalyan Vaas in Shahdara South; INMAS, Timarpur, Bhalswa Dairy, JJ Colony, Bhalswa in Civil Line zone; Madrasi Huts, Lajpat Nagar and Shaheen Bagh in Central zone; Rajasthani Colony and Dass Garden in West zone.
Last year, the Capital saw 216 cases of dengue and three deaths.