To prevent the outbreak of malaria, dengue and other water-born diseases, the district health department will launch an awareness drive ahead of the onset of monsoon.
The department is observing June as the anti-malaria month and people will be informed about preventive measures so as to check the infection which is caused due to transmission of malaria virus into human blood through mosquitoes.
Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena said: “Community participation for controlling vector-borne diseases is very important because health workers cannot go to each household to make people aware of preventive measures.”
Children are the best ambassadors for carrying any message effectively. They should be taught about preventive measures during morning prayers, Meena said.
He suggested that some teachers should be trained by the health department. The master trainers can share the information to their fellow teachers who will pass on the information to children.
The DC also asked officers of various departments to include the awareness drive as part of their field programmes.
A review meeting will be held to discuss the role of other departments such as agriculture, irrigation, rural development and municipal committees into the preventive measures.
Referring to an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the DC said: “The waste water should not accumulate in common vacant lands and if it happens, the officials of the department concerned will be held responsible.”