AAP MLAs, ministers spread awareness on vector-borne diseases among masses
NEW DELHI: Legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), along with ministers of the Delhi Cabinet, have started conducting workshops in their constituencies to give residents tips on how to prevent mosquito breeding and spread awareness about dengue and chikungunya.
The citywide campaign is likely to be continued into the winter.
On Sunday, around 9 am, the campaign started at various locations across the national Capital, including Santgarh, Tilak Nagar, Vasant Kunj,
Rampura, Dakshinpuri extension, Malviya Nagar and Janakpuri.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia inspected several residential localities in his constituency of Patparganj.
He also spoke to residents on how vector-borne diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya and malaria, are spread and how people can help control it.
Various AAP leaders explained to residents in their respective constituencies that the spread of dengue and chikungunya can be controlled to a great extent with the involvement of the public.
The legislators emphasised that since mosquitoes that spreads the diseases do not breed in dirty water, it is up to them to control their spread.
The aim of the government was to reach to residents of the city and address them regarding these diseases.
Earlier, Delhi Health and Family Welfare minister Satyendar Jain had decided that a campaign would be conducted in the Capital, wherein the citizens would be involved.
Sunday's awareness drive was the first step in the campaign.
The Delhi government has also started campaigning though hoardings, banners and TV advertisements.
Another important aspect of this campaign was to talk about the issues with children.
Recently, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged the children and women of the city to come forward with suggestions and ideas to fight against the vector-borne diseases.
The Chief Minister reminded them that mosquitoes that spread such diseases grow in one's own neighbourhood and only one's own awareness can resolve the issue.
The government has also approached resident welfare associations, youth groups, women groups, market associations, non-government organisations and religious communities to join the government's campaign for prevention and control of dengue, chikungunya, malaria and the upcoming threat of H1N1 influenza.