New Delhi, Sep 1 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday kicked off a 10-week Dengue and Chikungunya prevention campaign from his residence which includes checking of stagnant clean water and its sources.
Starting this at his own residence, Mr Kejriwal has appealed to the public, all his ministers and MLAs to begin this mega-campaign from their own homes from today.
This will continue for 10 weeks which will include 10 minutes towards checking the household and surroundings for clean stagnant water and its sources that can lead to breeding of the Aedes Mosquitos that are behind such vector borne diseases.
This is called "the 10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute" campaign.
“My family and I inspected our home today to make sure there is no standing clean water in any part of the house. This is the best way to protect your family from Dengue. I am happy to see people across Delhi participate in this campaign,” said Mr Kejriwal after completing checks at his residence along with his family members.
In his appeal to the Delhiites, the CM said that mass awareness is extremely important for the prevention of Dengue and Chikungunya and also shared details of a survey regarding the same conducted on Saturday through Instagram.
“I had asked a question whether people know that Dengue spreads only through mosquito breeding in clean water. You will be surprised to know that 35% of the respondents replied that they did not know that Dengue is caused by clean stagnant water,” the Chief Minister said. He stressed upon the urgent need to ensure there are no mosquito breeding spots in and around our homes and in the neighbourhood.
“Aedes mosquitoes cannot fly long distances and if can ensure that there are no breeding spots for these mosquitoes around us then we are safe from Dengue,” he added.
The campaign will continue every Sunday upto November 15.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and other cabinet ministers also carried out the checks at their homes and shared messages with the residents of Delhi to remove all possible sources of mosquito breeding from their surroundings.
Cabinet ministers and elected representatives carried out the checks at their homes and actively shared photographs and videos on social media platforms regarding the same to encourage people. (UNI)