Religious institutions will help spread awareness about dengue and chikungunya

Religious institutions will contribute to Delhi government's efforts to spread awareness against the spread of chikungunya and dengue.

Delhi Tourism and Culture Minister Kapil Mishra on Thursday said that religious institutions will contribute to Delhi government's efforts to spread awareness against the spread of chikungunya and dengue and they will make appeals on Friday for steps to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. Talking to reporters here, Mishra said Delhi government's appeal on Wednesday to people to create awareness against vector-borne diseases has received a phenomenal response . Mishra said that religious places such as Gauri Shankar temple, Tilak Nagar Gurudwara, Jama Masjid and Orthodox Church are contributing to the efforts to spread awareness about the diseases. The religious institutions will be making special appeals to public for their support to ensure that these vector-borne diseases can be curtailed. According to Mishra, the campaign has also received support from Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. He said that All volunteers will visit households in Delhi to create awareness and help in the fogging drive. Celebrities including Amjad Ali Khan, Birju Maharaj, Shubha Mudgal have also pledged their support to the campaign. Market associations across Delhi will also help in the cleanliness drive across the city, Mishra said.

Here is what you should do to prevent from getting infected with the disease:

  • Since infected mosquitoes, bite during the day, it is advisable to use a mosquito repellent cream while stepping out, especially in endemic areas.
  • Use repellants within the house and use them as per the recommendations on the packaging.
  • Keep all water reservoirs like buckets, small tubs, mugs etc. covered at all times. It is essential to empty out all the containers regularly and wash them well.
  • Declutter your home and air our all the rooms once a day. Remember to close all your windows and doors by mid morning.
  • If you have too many mosquitos in your area, ask your area municipal corporation to get the area sprayed to rid it of mosquitoes.
  • Finally, what you need to remember is that if you experience symptoms like fever, joint pain, malaise, fatigue and vomiting make sure you visit a doctor at the earliest. Do not self-medicate because it could be something more serious. Read more about 7 common signs and symptoms of chikungunya

Source: IANS

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