The school education department has issued comprehensive guidelines to prevent and manage dengue, encompassing various school-level awareness campaigns such as rallies, distributing leaflets, and creating graffiti. Additionally, students are encouraged to maintain cleanliness in their households.
Guidelines to manage Dengue
The guidelines also emphasize personal protection measures against dengue. The Paschim Banga Samagra Shiksha Mission has distributed this advisory to all district inspectors of schools.
In compliance with the advisory, school premises should be kept clean and free from waterlogging. The advisory suggests that any expenses incurred for school cleaning should be documented on the MGNREGA portal.
This advisory was issued following a meeting chaired by the chief secretary on July 27 at Nabanna, in light of the recent surge in dengue cases and related deaths in and around Kolkata.
District education officers associated with the Paschim Banga Samagra Shiksha Mission are tasked with conducting meetings with district inspectors of schools, heads of institutions, and the district’s chief medical officer of health to implement the necessary preventive measures.
The advisory outlines the distribution of “Information, Education, and Communication” materials on dengue, providing information about Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Students will be educated about the lifecycle of mosquitoes and the importance of draining stagnant water at least once a week.
Regular briefings during prayer time on safety and hygiene practices are recommended, with the morning assembly being a crucial time to instill alertness in students. Personal protection measures, such as using mosquito nets while sleeping and consulting a doctor for fever instead of self-medicating, are emphasized.
Furthermore, students are to be sensitized about outdoor preventive measures. They should monitor the accumulation of water in discarded items like tires and coconut shells around the school premises and their households to mitigate mosquito breeding sites.