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Door-to-door tracking to tame dengue in Jharkhand

On the occasion of World Dengue Day on Saturday, the city, which reported the most number of casualties, launched a community engagement drive called 'Abki Baar, Palti Maar' to combat mosquito breeding

Animesh Bisoee Jamshedpur Published 16.06.24, 06:50 AM
TSUISL officials during the launch of the "abki baar, palti maar" drive at Jamshedpur on Saturday.

TSUISL officials during the launch of the "abki baar, palti maar" drive at Jamshedpur on Saturday. Pictures by Bhola Prasad

Jharkhand will carry out door-to-door dengue surveillance from July after the state reported more than 1,500 vector-borne disease cases in 2023.

On the occasion of World Dengue Day on Saturday, the city, which reported the most number of casualties, launched a community engagement drive called "Abki Baar, Palti Maar" to combat mosquito breeding.

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Tata Steel Utilities and Infrastructure Services Limited (TSUISL, the civic utility arm of Tata Steel), which manages the civic needs in Jamshedpur city, launched the community engagement drive on Saturday.

"Despite rigorous scientific control activities, including anti-larval treatment, fogging, and widespread awareness campaigns, controlling dengue is not possible without the active involvement of citizens. To raise awareness, promote prevention and effectively combat dengue, TSUISL has launched a community awareness drive with the slogan 'abki baar, palti maar',” said a TSUISL spokesperson.

 Unused containers which act as potential vector breeding points on display during the launch of the drive at Jamshedpur on Saturday.

Unused containers which act as potential vector breeding points on display during the launch of the drive at Jamshedpur on Saturday.

He said the initiative encourages citizens to search for and eliminate mosquito breeding sources in and around their homes.

"The slogan abki baar, palti maar highlights the importance of regularly inspecting and turning over containers where mosquitoes may breed. Since the mosquito breeding cycle is only seven days, residents must conduct inspections weekly to prevent adult mosquitoes from spreading,” the spokesperson said.

School principals, NGO representatives and community leaders were present at the launch ceremony to help disseminate the message throughout the community, ensuring that every citizen is informed and engaged.

"Participants can protect themselves and their families as a responsible citizen by uploading pictures of their inspection and overturning the containers (probable water accumulation points) through the QR code provided by the campaign and also get a chance to win a gift from TSUISL,” the spokesperson said.

Over 300 banners will be put up across Jamshedpur to raise awareness about preventing mosquito breeding.

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