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Delhi LG joins anti-dengue campaign

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NEW DELHI:
The Delhi government's 10-week mass awareness campaign against dengue will get a boost with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal joining it.

"Mr Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have inspected their houses for stagnant water to prevent the breeding of disease-carrying mosquitoes," an official statement said.

According to the statement, Mr Baijal has directed the DDA and the Delhi Police to issue directions to their respective departments to join the ongoing campaign against dengue.

He wrote to the chief minister conveying that he has requested both the departments to "ensure maximum participation" in the mass campaign.

On September 1, the chief minister had launched the campaign by inspecting his house for clean standing water.

In a video message, Arvind Kejrwiwal had appealed to Delhi citizens to give 10 minutes every Sunday-- between September 1 and November 15-- to ensure that there is no stagnant water in their houses and surroundings.

The chief minister had claimed the city reported 60 deaths and more than 15,000 cases of dengue in 2015 but in 2018, the number came down to 2,798 and only 4 deaths were reported.

"Delhi needs to reduce it further. We should try and ensure there's no death due to dengue this year," he had said appealing to people of Delhi.


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