Civic agency ropes in schools for anti-dengue drive

July 30th, 2011 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Stepping up its drive against vector borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Saturday announced it is roping in primary schools for prevention of the diseases.

“The public health department has been seeking support from the education department for raising community awareness. Nodal teachers have been designated for ensuring all measures for prevention and control of vector borne diseases in schools,” said V.K. Monga, chairman of the MCD’s public health committee.

Over 2,500 dengue cases were recorded in the city last year. This year, five dengue cases have been reported so far, according to MCD officials.

The civic agency plans to involve teachers to improve cleanliness in schools and brief students and parents on prevention of vector borne diseases.

Each student in the over 700 MCD schools has been given home work cards highlighting tips for prevention of vector borne diseases. The cards are to be read and signed by parents.

“All teachers will ensure that dengue home work cards have been distributed to children. Prevention of dengue and regular filling up of home work cards are also discussed during parent-teacher meetings,” said Mahendra Nagpal, chairman of the civic agency’s education committee.

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