*Delhi Government keeping a close eye on dengue; CM Arvind Kejriwal chalks out anti-dengue action plan to intensify efforts
*Comprehensive plan prepared after meeting with officials from the Health Department, MCD, NDMC, and other departments; in the coming days, many effective initiatives will be taken: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*This rainy season has lasted for longer than usual; risk of dengue may rise: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Will involve school children on a massive scale in dengue prevention; united, the whole of Delhi will defeat dengue this time: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*District level officers will also make people aware about the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases in their respective areas
*For the prevention of dengue, cooperation of all RWAs and ongoing construction sites will be sought, government officials will also keep an eye on their offices
*Delhi Government has already been committed to the cause of controlling dengue; public awareness being spread through a variety of means
NEW DELHI:24.09.22-The Delhi Government is keeping a close eye on dengue cases in Delhi. Further intensifying the efforts in view of the recent rainspells, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal chalked out a robust anti-dengue action plan on Saturday. He stated, “A comprehensive plan has been prepared after our meeting with officials from the Health Department, MCD, NDMC, and other departments. In the coming days, many effective initiatives will be taken. This rainy season has lasted for longer than usual; the risk of dengue may rise. We will involve school children on a massive scale in dengue prevention; united, the whole of Delhi will defeat dengue this time.” At the same time, district level officers have been directed to also make people aware about the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases in their respective areas. For the prevention of dengue, cooperation of all RWAs and ongoing construction sites will be sought, government officials will also keep an eye on their offices. Notably, the Delhi Government has already been committed to the cause of controlling dengue; public awareness being spread through a variety of means.
On Saturday, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal presided over a high-level meeting with senior officials from all concerned departments, including the health department, to discuss the rising number of dengue cases. The meeting was attended by top officers and SDMs from all related departments, in addition to the Chief Secretary. During the meeting discussion took place over the implementation of necessary actions to control the rising number of dengue cases as soon as possible. The officials informed the Chief Minister about the measures being implemented to avoid dengue cases and raise public awareness. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal spoke with officials to explore ways to intensify the efforts to combat the rising number of dengue cases. The CM directed all the concerned departments to work unitedly by establishing harmony among themselves. The officials said that along with making people aware, the compliance of the guidelines is being checked from door to door. People are being instructed on how to prevent the spread of dengue fever. Where there is negligence in compliance with the guidelines, challans are also being issued.
It was agreed that public participation is required to control dengue cases. To do this, every Delhi resident must make every effort to prevent the spread of dengue at their level. It has been determined that school children will be involved in the awareness campaign. Children in schools will be assigned special homework. Through which the children will be requested to inspect their homes to ensure that there is no water stagnation. Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal further asked all government officials to keep an eye out for dengue. The officials have been instructed to examine their offices every day to see if there is any standing water where dengue mosquitoes can breed. Such locations have been instructed to be inspected and cleaned immediately.
Water logging occurs at construction sites as well, and occasionally employees do not pay attention to it, allowing dengue mosquitoes to breed and workers to become infected. In light of this, directives have been issued to all building sites requiring contractors to ensure that water does not stagnate on their sites or around them or if water becomes stagnant, then they must clear it or add kerosene or any other oil to prevent mosquito breeding. As in past years, the Delhi Government would enlist the assistance of all RWAs to implement preventive and curative measures against dengue. The government has invited all RWAs to participate in the awareness campaign. All RWAs have been asked to go door-to-door in their respective areas to raise awareness and encourage people to follow the recommendations in order to protect their families from dengue.
The DMs, SDMs, Tehsildars, and other officers would visit their respective districts to carefully enforce the dengue prevention programs. During the meeting, CM Arvind Kejriwal directed the employees to rigorously adhere to the dengue prevention measures. Every Saturday, officials will inspect construction sites and hospitals where there is a high likelihood of water logging and will take appropriate measures if the recommendations are not followed by those responsible. In this context, orders have been issued to not allow any form of negligence in hospitals. As the breeding of dengue mosquitoes on hospital grounds may result in patients and family members becoming infected with the disease.
At the same time, the Delhi Government has already been committed to the cause of controlling dengue, and people are being educated through a variety of means. It had been raining non stop for several days. As a result, the prospect of an increase in dengue cases has been raised. As a result, the Delhi Government is urging residents to support dengue prevention efforts. The Delhi Government has appealed to the people, saying that if the entire city banded together to fight dengue, the disease could be easily avoided. An appeal for maximum collaboration will also be sent out through a public awareness campaign.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal stated, “Usually it does not rain at this time, yet we are seeing rains right now. As a result, the potential of a rise in dengue cases in the coming days has grown.” He directed the officials to ensure the compliance of all the guidelines by visiting the construction sites every Saturday. At the same time he also said that to make the ongoing awareness campaign against dengue successful, the cooperation of stakeholders like school children, RWAs, construction site workers should also be sought among others.
The CM tweeted, “This rainy season has lasted for longer than usual. The risk of dengue may rise. A comprehensive plan was prepared today after meeting with officials from the Health Department, MCD, NDMC, and other departments. In the coming days, many initiatives will be taken. Schoolchildren, in particular, will play an important role in dengue prevention.”
*Strict compliance orders issued to all departments*
Various departments and stakeholders have been directed to take appropriate measures to address the rising number of dengue cases. The Health Department is implementing the guidelines in consultation with the other departments. Dengue prevention and control, as well as other public health measures, are being carried out in accordance with the DMC Act and other applicable regulations. Simultaneously, major activities including perennial anti-larval measures, anti-mosquito measures, breeding source reduction, and ensuring active public participation are being undertaken by the government. Other stakeholders are nominating a nodal person for dengue prevention initiatives in their organisations. The Delhi Jal Board has been directed to ensure regular water supply and prompt cleaning of water bodies, while the I&FC Department has been directed to promptly fix faulty water lines, if any.
*Action Plan against Dengue*
-35 hospitals have been identified for early diagnosis and supportive treatment.
-Notification of each case is being done.
-Case-based monitoring and quick response is being done by the departments.
-Reporting by government and private health facilities
-Vector management is being done by the departments, in which larval source management and fogging are being done.
-Monitoring, supervision and evaluation is being done at all levels by various organisations.
-Coordination and partnership between various departments of Delhi Government is being ensured.