Delhi Schools to Observe Dry Days: As per the latest update, all schools based in Delhi National Capital have been asked to observe weekly ‘Dry Days’ as part of the state government to fight against mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya, malaria etc. Delhi State Government has given directions to all schools which operate in the national capital to observe Dry Day once a week and carry out awareness drive to eradicate mosquito-borne diseases. The instructions to observe Dry Day once a week has been issued to all schools by the Directorate of Education (DoE) mentioned in its letter to school principals.
Activities to be held on Dry Days
On the weekly Dry Days that are to be observed by all schools, students will be involved in various activities wherein they will check for stagnant water sites like coolers, flower pots, bird pots, water containers etc and other possible sites thoroughly. Such sites are breeding ground for mosquitoes which cause deadly diseases like dengue, chikungunya, malaria etc.
Apart from this, schools have also been asked to hold activities and workshops to raise awareness about the dangers of vector-borne diseases and how students can play an important role in controlling them. Apart from this, school principals have also been asked to utilize the facilities of social media and mass messaging to issue instructions to the students to be followed at home since the schools are yet not reopened for them. Some of the simple instructions issued to students are as follows:
- Students have been asked to wear full sleeve clothes
- Use of Mosquito repellent sprays and machines at home
- Use of wire-mesh on doors and window to keep mosquitoes out
- Cover all water tanks and containers with well-fitted lids
- Identify and eradicate sources of stagnant water where mosquitoes could breed