Following the recent meeting chaired by UT health secretary Anurag Agarwal regarding dengue preparedness in the city-state, the education department issued fresh instructions to all government and private aided schools in Chandigarh in the light of increasing dengue cases.
Education secretary Sarvjit Singh issued fresh instructions on Thursday, directing schools to follow certain precautionary measures.
Schools had already implemented a full-sleeve dress code to prevent mosquito bites. The instructions broadly include four points: 1) Dengue home work 2) Meeting of science teachers with doctors 3) Dress code and 4) Do’s and Don’ts of dengue.
Commenting on the same, director public instructions (DPI) Rupinderjit Singh Brar said, “I will hold a meeting with private schools on Monday about dengue preparedness.” Another official of the education department said that besides issuing the instructions, the department will also be sending out copies of pamphlets highlighting dengue prevention to schools so that they can be put on notice boards.
On the other hand, when asked about what initiative was being taken by the health department to ensure fogging exercises in UT schools, director, health department, Dr VK Gagneja told Hindustan Times “We will carry out fogging only in schools where a case is reported. Frequent fogging can actually prove to be harmful as it makes the mosquitoes resistant.”
Informing that a request had come from St John’s High School to hold fogging exercise, he further said 75 teams comprising 150 people have been deputed as well as the SDMs had been asked to conduct inspections in their respective areas which included schools too.
“We have two vehicles which cannot enter the premises so we have ten hand-held machines which can be taken inside schools,” added Dr Gagneja.
The education department had earlier issued an advisory on September 8 which focused more on elimination of stagnant water in pits and flower pots in schools to control mosquito breeding. Other instructions included: all garbage and gully traps of schools must be cleaned; construction points at the school must be cleaned; school authorities/health in-charges must ensure proper checking of coolers at schools and change the water weekly after scrubbing and drying.
A dengue card has been designed for instructions of teachers and children of Classes 6 and 7 by the UT health department. While some schools are said to have received the card, others are yet to receive the same.
The UT health department has recorded over 135 positive cases for dengue and 106 malaria cases in the city so far.
Child panel issues advisory to child care institutes
Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights, which has been sent to Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation to circulate it to all child care institutions registered under the JJ Act in Chandigarh.
The instructions include: Children be directed to wear full sleeves shirts and trousers, Mosquito nets be used at night, children be directed to use mosquito repellant cream before sleeping , water coolers to be cleaned and no stagnant water be collected in the surroundings; fumigation to be done on the surrounding areas.
• Dengue home-work report as already supplied by the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, Chandigarh, shall be distributed to each and every child in schools and regular assessment shall be done by the concerned class teacher and heads of schools. The dengue cards will get printed and be provided by the malaria wing of the health department
• A meeting of science teachers of various schools should be organised with doctors and officers of health department to get their expert advice regarding various measures to control the spread of dengue disease, so that the same can be disseminated to school children and parents
• School students should be advised to wear full-sleeve shirts and trousers or salwaar in the coming months since this type of mosquito bites occur during the day
• Do’s and Don’ts regarding dengue fever may also be brought to the notice of the students during the morning assembly