In a major development, the Delhi government has asked all schools to observe “dry day” once a week. The schools were asked to check coolers, flower pots, bird pots, water containers, stagnant water and other possible sites to prevent mosquito breeding.
The awareness campaign for school students was taken against vector-borne diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya in the national capital.
The rainy season is most conducive for vector-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya and malaria which spread during this time every year. These are all mosquito generated diseases and they sometimes gain epidemic proportions if preventive measures are not taken.
In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic all the schools are closed for students and hence all heads of schools are directed to utilize the facilities of social media and mass messaging to give instructions to students to follow at home.
Students were asked to wear full-sleeved clothing, using mosquito repellents, putting wire mesh on doors and windows to prevent entry of mosquitoes, covering all water tanks and containers with well fitted lids to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.
All schools have also been directed to appoint a nodal officer who will be responsible for all activities related to the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases and monitor the activities being carried out.