Kamaljeet Sehrawat raised concerns about dengue, malaria and chickungunia, and called for a behavioural change to prevent the spread of the diseases.
Kamaljeet Sehrawat, SDMC mayor, flagged off 50 auto tippers on June 13 for areas under SDMC to spread the message of prevention of vector-borne diseases. She said, “Mosquito bites during rainy season are a cause of concern. We are going to win the fight against the army of mosquitoes.”
The 50 auto tippers are equipped with PA (Public Address) system and will raise awareness about the issue as they roam in various localities. The mayor stated that dengue, malaria and chickungunia have been breaking out due to carelessness. She said, “There is no treatment of dengue and chickungunia. Hence, we will have to overcome the fear of breaking out of these two diseases by bringing a behavioural change in ourselves.”
She said that the breeding of Aedes mosquito takes place in clean water and if residents could dry their water tanks, coolers, flower pots and utensils at least once a week, it would be easy to stop the breeding of the mosquito.
“We have to convey the message that it is very simple to control dengue. Dengue and chikungunia break out because of bites by female mosquitoes during the day. The RWAs must strive hard to ensure that their localities become mosquito-free. RWAs will be rewarded according to their contribution in their locality, and we are considering a proposal in this regard,” she said.
Vishvender Singh, deputy commissioner, west zone, and two local councilors, Seema Malik and Sunil Sahdev, also addressed the gathering comprising of RWA members.
Similar events were organised in the other three zones. Kailash Sankla, deputy mayor, SDMC, flagged of 88 auto tippers equipped with PA system from the zonal office of west zone at Rajauri Garden.
Bhupender Gupta, member of standing committee, SDMC, flagged of 70 similar auto tippers from Najafgarh zone. Shikha Rai, another member of standing committee, SDMC, flagged off another 80 auto tippers from the south zone. She underlined the need of involving RWAs, market associations and other social organisations in awareness campaigns across Delhi. She exhorted citizens to follow certain simple tips to keep their localities safe from these diseases.