Petition to make Delhi-NCR dengue free

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Every year in Delhi-NCR starting July, we start living in dread of mosquitoes and the diseases they bring. This threat does not go away until winter is firmly upon us by which time of course we have to deal with other threats like swine flu and pollution. Living in Delhi-NCR has become a hazard to the health of us, our children and elderly parents.

Last year in the month of October my children got dengue within a week of each other. I will never forget the trauma my family went through. And I’m not the only one who faced it. Dengue cases have been rising every year, and it only seems to be getting worse.

Today, 16th May, which happens to be National Dengue Day I dream of a Delhi where we do not face these threats. Can our Government authorities be more proactive so that mosquito breeding is contained well before the onset of the season? The time to start is now, as shown by North Delhi Municipal Corporation that is taking proactive measures to contain breeding as early as May. And these include not just fogging which may perhaps be carried out only after the monsoons, but other measures like spraying anti-larvae medicines in drains and house-to-house checking. I read about alternatives to fogging that are becoming increasingly more popular worldwide. Of course, all of these measures require the full cooperation and support of the citizens, the NGOs and RWAs.

Please sign my petition to request Smt. Varsha Joshi, Commissioner (Acting), South Delhi Municipal Corporation; Dr. Dilraj Kaur, Commissioner East Delhi Municipal Corporation; Sh. Amit Khatri, Deputy Commissioner, District Gurugram; and Sh. B.N. Singh, District Magistrate, Gautam Buddh Nagar to ensure that proactive measures for dengue prevention are taken early this year. Please support me in my endeavor to bring back the old charm to our beloved city of Delhi.