Dengue: Schools, colleges told to take precautions

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(Last Updated On: September 23, 2016)

Children are the most susceptible to vector-borne diseases such as dengue. Given the gravity of the situation and after listening to concerns of parents, the Karnataka State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) has asked schools and colleges to take preventive measures to control breeding of mosquitoes.

The Commission, on Thursday, ordered the Deputy Director of Public Instruction of North and South Bengaluru divisions to direct all schools to put in place a seven-point programme, including conducting awareness drives, ensuring that there is no stagnant water or garbage pile-up in and around the premises, maintaining clean toilets and fumigating campuses regularly.

This will apply to all schools. The commission also asked the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and the Department of Health and Family Welfare to take up similar measures. The heads of all three departments will have to submit action-taken reports.

“Students spend the majority of the day in school. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which spreads dengue, is usually active during the day. School managements should take proactive and preventive steps in the interest of students,” said Commission chairperson Kripa Amar Alva.

Several parents have complained of garbage and stagnant water near schools.

 Reethu John, parent of a class one student, said, “Toilets should be kept clean and the doors should be locked, as mosquitoes come from drains. The Parent Teacher Associations should be given charge of these activities.”

Schools acknowledge the need to tackle the spread of dengue.

Dakshayini Kanna, director and principal at Harvest International School, said that they have conducted awareness programmes after finding that six students had contracted the disease in the last one month. “Normally, fumigation is carried out once a week, but since there have been cases of dengue, we have started fumigating the premises twice a week. In outdoor areas, like play areas and other open spaces, we ensure that there is no stagnant water, which is often the breeding ground for mosquitoes,” she said.

B. Gayatri Devi, principal of Little Flower Public School in Banashankari, said that there is a need for schools to be proactive and ensure cleanliness in the campus.

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