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LG asks agencies to act against vector-borne diseases

New Delhi: To ensure prevention of vector-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria in the Capital this season, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday directed civic agencies to take effective steps.
The LG sought the status of present preparedness and a roadmap for coming months. He told that there would be zero tolerance for mosquito breeding.
The LG mentioned that community awareness, participation and involvement shall be the key strategy. He emphasized on educating the community and involvement of public at large for the containment of the dengue, chikungunya and other vector-borne diseases.
It was decided that public awareness will be carried out on a large scale through extensive Information, Education, Communication (IEC) activities this year also.
Community members must be trained for monitoring of breeding sites at the household level.
"He observed that school children are our best ambassadors for undertaking breeding control activities and awareness generation among their families and friends. Hon'ble Health Minister stressed that the campaign in schools must be started before summer vacations so that the period of vacation can be used," the LG House said.
The LG directed the health department and other agencies to be well prepared in terms of logistics for dengue patients.
It should be ensured that at all time, throughout the year, there should be sufficient stock of test kits, medicines for treatment of dengue, chikungunya and malaria, he said.
It was stressed that special efforts must be made to ensure that JJ clusters and vulnerable areas are given more emphasis.
"All stakeholders were directed to immediately activate their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for prevention of dengue and chikungunya cases in Delhi. It was conveyed that the role of every stakeholder must be clear so that there is effective implementation for control of mosquito breeding," it added.
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