The Uttar Pradesh government has directed school students across the state to wear ‘full shirt and pants’ in view of the increase in dengue and chikungunya cases. The Secondary Education Department has issued guidelines to all the District Inspectors of Schools in this regard asking the students to take measures to prevent communicable diseases. Director of Secondary Education Mahendra Dev has said that it is necessary that students and parents should be made aware through schools so that students can be saved from these diseases.
He said, “Students should be directed to come to school in full shirt and trousers. Children should be compulsorily informed about communicable diseases and problems caused by them in daily prayer meeting.” Public awareness rally should be taken out in villages also. Open water tanks in the premises should be cleaned regularly. It should be ensured that there is no water logging in and around the school premises.
He said, “Regular cleaning near handpumps and multiple handwash in the school premises should be ensured and anti-larval/insecticide spraying should also be done. School premises and neighborhood should be kept clean and bushes should be cut.” If a child has symptoms like fever, he should be treated immediately. For this, the cooperation of the Primary Health Center should be taken immediately.
In the review meeting, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the cases of dengue and other infectious diseases have increased in the last few weeks. Meanwhile, despite several measures to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, 36 new dengue cases were reported in Lucknow on Sunday.
Among the new cases, Chander Nagar and Indira Nagar areas reported four each, followed by Aishbagh, Chinhat, Tudiaganj, NK Road and Aliganj three each. The Health Department team has issued notices to six landlords after mosquito larvae were found in the premises.
As per official figures, there are 1,369 units of platelets available in blood banks. Apart from this, 248 beds have been reserved for dengue patients in hospitals.