Govt ropes in RWAs to widen dengue drive
New Delhi: To boost its antidengue campaign, Delhi government on Saturday partnered with the apex bodies of the residents welfare associations (RWAs). Dialogue & Development Commission (DDC) signed MoUs with URJA and Citizens’ Alliance to engage RWAs to make the ‘10 Baje 10 Hafte 10 Minute’ drive more effective.
Pushed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers, the campaign will enter its third week this Sunday. Under the programme, the CM and the ministers check their houses to remove clean stagnant water, the breeding ground of mosquitoes causing dengue and chikungunya. Many common people have also joined the drive.
The apex bodies have pledged their full support to help the government reach out to all RWAs under their fold and motivate them to join the campaign to prevent the vectorborne diseases.
“The campaign is getting support from people across the spectrum. The participation of RWAs is important for us as they can ensure that this truly becomes a mass campaign,” health minister Satyender Jain said. On September 24, Kejriwal will address a programme at Talkatora Stadium to mark the engagement with RWAs. The government is also trying to rope in other RWAs.
The RWAs will be urged to carry out checking in common areas like parking lots and terraces. They will encourage the households covered by them to maintain a denguefree atmosphere and distribute information materials like pamphlets and stickers. Ashutosh Dikshit of URJA said the organisation would inform and exhort all RWAs to come forward and actively participate in this drive.
Suchita Meena, general secretary of Citizens’ Alliance, said, “We have witnessed the devastating effects of dengue. With the help of Delhi government, we will ensure from our side that the inspection of water deposition happens every day in our localities. We will make Delhi Dengue-free.”
In 2015, 15,867 people were tested positive for dengue, and 60 of them had succumbed to it, forcing the government to launch comprehensive measures to check mosquito-borne diseases. Over the past few years, the number of dengue and chikungunya cases has come down considerably. In 2018, only 2,798 dengue cases were reported. Chikungunya cases have also decreased from 7,760 cases in 2016 to 559 in 2017 and 165 in 2018.
“In four years, the number of dengue cases in Delhi has come down by 80% due to continuous efforts made by Delhi government,” said DDC vicechairman Jasmine Shah.
Pushed by the CM, the drive will enter its third week on Sunday