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As dengue cases rise, south Delhi civic body puts schools on notice
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NEW DELHI: With the arrival of monsoon there has been a rapid rise in mosquito breeding cases. Domestic breeding checkers (DBCs) from the three municipal corporations have detected mosquito breeding in 6,207 houses in the last week alone. Also, vector-borne disease control report has found a 20% rise in weekly dengue cases in the last week.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has written to schools to incorporate vector-borne disease-related classes in the online education system. A senior public health official said that letters have been sent to school authorities for appointing nodal officers to control mosquito-borne diseases and to keep the school premises free of mosquito breeding.

“The school authorities have also been requested to display preventive messages and awareness material during the online classes. The educational material has already been sent to the schools,” the official added.

Another official said that during these classes the schools will explain various types of diseases caused by mosquitoes and their potential breeding sites in and around the houses. The children will be told to check for accumulated water. “Once the schools reopen, the nodal officers will have to ensure that no water is getting accumulated on school premises as some parts of schools may be closed for a long time,” official stated.

Analysis of mosquito breeding data from the three civic bodies shows that peridomestic containers — such as money plant, vase, flower pot, bird pot, tin, tyre, fountain water, etc account for the largest chunk of mosquito breeding sites (38%). Report shows that domestic water storage containers — drums, buckets, jeri cans, etc — which are usually used in water-stressed regions come second at 33% of overall cases. Desert cooler, which find significant usage in Delhi’s arid weather over summers and over-head tanks come at third and fourth spot respectively.

The contribution of each category keeps on varying all through the year with domestic water storage containers and desert coolers being the largest contributors in summer and peridomestic containers assuming a larger proportion in monsoon season.

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