A mass awareness campaign titled “10 hafte 10 baje 10 din” has been launched by the Delhi government aimed at preventing dengue and other vector-borne diseases such as malaria and chikungunya. The fear of dengue has spread once again in the national capital along with the pandemic.
Under this campaign, residents have been asked to inspect their homes for any possible sources of stagnant water which they will have to clean in order to prevent it from serving as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Previously civic bodies were deployed to check stagnation. This year, owing to the pandemic, their efforts have been diverted towards the coronavirus transmissions via disinfection drives.
The mass awareness campaign was officially started when the Chief Minister’s Office of Delhi tweeted in Hindi, “Honourable chief minister Arvind Kejriwal kickstarted the anti-dengue campaign by removing the stagnant clean water at his residence. He said that like last year, two crore Delhiites will come together to make this initiative successful and to defeat dengue”.
With over 2,036 cases of dengue and two reported deaths last year, this year’s campaign will continue for 10 weeks starting September 6 on every Sunday. Kejriwal started the campaign by cleaning all stagnant water sources in his residence. Other parliament leaders such as Kailash Gahlot, Gopal Rai, and Manish Sisodia among others followed suit. In the coming weeks, preventive measures for the same will be shared. Doctors would be requested to endorse the campaign. Similarly, students will also be urged to participate through school assigned “homework”.
The campaign started in 2019 and it saw success. Compared to 2015, the number of reported cases had dropped significantly.