With a record of maximum dengue deaths in the country, the three Municipal corporations of Delhi have initiated a "dengue homework program" in all of their schools.
A teacher has been appointed as the nodal authority who will also be responsible for ensuring all measures for prevention and control of dengue.
"We have initiated 'dengue homework program', which is an old program as a part of which cards containing sketches of common breeding sites are distributed among children in their class. The student is then asked to go home and check for those sites and fill up the card and get it signed by parents every week," said a senior Municipal Corporation official.
"The nodal teacher will check the cards and subsequently submit the report to District Health Officer. The report would include data on number of cards distributed and filled out by parents. The aim is to involve school children in the drive against the dreaded disease. Also, the nodal teacher will read out the messages on the prevention and control of dengue during the morning assembly apart from checking mosquito breeding sites in the school," he added.
These teachers have been given training by the District Health Officer's in their respective zones. Delhi has reported 831 dengue cases till August 29 where the highest cases (352) were recorded in North Delhi. In south Delhi it was 220 and east Delhi reported 73 cases.