Govt ropes in RWAs to widen dengue drive

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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

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