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Awareness drive to curb dengue cases

To prevent the spread of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases, the health department will launch a massive awareness drive across the district from next week.

gurgaon Updated: Sep 29, 2012 01:12 IST
Himabindu Reddy

To prevent the spread of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases, the health department will launch a massive awareness drive across the district from next week.

The health department has decided to rope in NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to make people aware of the measures needed to check mosquito breeding. At least 100 volunteers will take part in the awareness campaign and each person will be paid Rs. 100 a day.

"We have decided to engage NGOs, The volunteers would be paid Rs. 100 a day to visit various localities and make people aware of ways to fight dengue," said Dr Parveen Garg, chief medical officer of Civil Hospital, Gurgaon.

Till Friday, a total of 69 people had been found infected with dengue during this season. However, private hospitals say the disease has claimed four lives and infected at least 100 people so far.

The health department will also carry out fumigation to curb mosquito breeding. "However, fumigation is not the only solution. We are rather avoiding this as it only increases toxic level in the air. Citizens' co-operation is a must if we have to bring down the number of cases," said Dr Mahinder Gupta, deputy civil surgeon.

The monsoon season between July and September is considered the peak period for dengue cases. Last year, 156 cases, including two deaths, were registered in the district.