Following a Delhi High Court order given out yesterday, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) will reach out to all households to spread awareness regarding dengue and chikungunya, which has the city in its grip.
The order, which directed civic bodies to undertake periodical visits to all households, reads: “Conduct awareness campaigns and advertise through various mediums to make the public aware of the disease and the preventive measures that need to be taken.”
City Spidey was informed that the drive is expected to start from tomorrow. The intent is also to gather data through door-to-door survey. When asked whether group housing societies too are included in the survey, Mayor Satya Sharma said, “Yes, housing societies would also figure in the survey. We have formed 15 teams comprising officials of the health department, and they have been assigned particular areas.”
Although illegal colonies and slum areas are the worst affected, the posh colonies too, including housing societies, have not been spared. Societies located in East Delhi’s Mayur Vihar - 1, Mayur Vihar Extension, Vasundhra Enclave, IP Extension, Patparganj and others have been reeling under the impact of chikungunya and dengue.
J P Sharma, secretary of the joint forum of Vasundhra Enclave, said, “There are 45 cooperative group housing societies in this area, and at the moment, 10-15 patients can be found in each society.”
Purusottam Das Bhatt, president of the United India Apartments in Mayur Vihar Phase 1 Extension, said, “So far, at least 20-25 residents have suffered from either dengue or chikungunya in my society alone. Most of them are senior citizens.”