National campaign against dengue launched

  • To eradicate dengue, a multi-pronged campaign was on Tuesday launched across six Indian cities with public-private partnership.
  •  As part of the two-month long campaign 'U & Me Against Dengue', fumigation drive, neem plantation and cleanliness drive would be kicked off in phases across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Ahmedabad to combat the spread of the mosquito-borne viral infection.
  • Dr Chandrakant S Pandav, head of the Centre for Community Medicine at AIIMS, said through the campaign they want to empower the community by creating awareness about dengue and educating people about preventive measures to make their community dengue-free.
  • The campaign is a joint initiative of pest control brand Mortein in partnership with AIIMS, IMA, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Rotary Blood Bank and NGO SAHAYOG.
  • The key requirement of a dengue patient is platelets of matching blood group. While some of us may be regular blood donors, most of the people who wish to donate blood are not sure about how and where they can do so," he said.
  • It is estimated that there are over 400 million cases of dengue worldwide now and each year the disease claims over 100 million lives across the world.
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