Haryana to rope in students in health campaign

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Chandigarh, May 7 (UNI) The Haryana administration has decided to launch a scheme to involve school students in its campaign to prevent the spread of Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue and Chickengunia in the state.

Stating this here today, a Health Department spokesman said the school children would be issued special cards under the scheme.

The students, he said, would identify places which had already become breeding grounds of mosquitoes or which were more prone for the breeding of mosquitoes.

They would be asked to register these identified places in the special cards issued to them. This would not only make the children aware about the benefit of neat and clean environment but would also help the department in preventing spread of such deadly diseases, he added.

The participation of children in this innovative scheme would be sought in the month of June when there was likelihood of spread of these diseases, the spokesman said.

He said Japanese Encephalitis caused by the mosquito bite infected brain. About 15,000 people all over the world died due to this disease every year. During the last 60 years, this disease had affected ten million children, taken lives of three million and disabled four million.

The immunisation campaign had been launched in Ambala district to make it free from this disease. Single dose would be given to four lakh children of Ambala district between 1 to 15 years of age in the month of June this year.

He said the department had also decided to promote the use of ''impregnated'' curtains to reduce the risk of malaria transmission. A special insecticide was being used for this purpose.

''The insecticide when applied on the curtains, attracts the mosquitoes and either kills or paralyses the mosquitoes. This insecticide does not have any affect on human beings,'' he added.

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