New Delhi: 16/09/2019

 CM invites Union Health Minister to participate in Dengue awareness campaign
·         Arvind Kejriwal writes to Dr Harsh Vardhan to make the ongoing 10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute campaign a huge success
·         CM requests the Union Minister to direct central govt employees also to participate in the campaign     
Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal on Monday wrote to the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inviting the Central government to participate in the Dengue awareness campaign titled – 10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute, to ensure the prevention of vector borne diseases in Delhi.
Highlighting the need for public participation to make the fight against Dengue a huge success, the Chief Minister recalled that the initiative of Odd Even in the fight against air pollution was a success due to collective efforts of everybody.    
In his letter, the Chief Minister stated that the Delhi government on 1st September initiated a mass awareness campaign to make people aware of keeping their homes and surroundings free of any Mosquito breeding spots.
“In this regard, Delhi government has launched a campaign from 1st September, in which the entire city residents have been appealed to spend 10 minutes at 10 AM every Sunday for the next 10 Sundays in checking their homes and around to ensure there is no clean stagnant water anywhere where the Aedes Mosquitoes can breed,” Mr Kejriwal wrote.
The Chief Minister further stated :“I began this campaign from my home on Sunday, 1st September at 10 AM and so did all my ministerial colleagues, MLAs, councillors and Delhi government officers. We will continue this campaign for the next 10 Sundays, till 15th November, since prevention of any kind of mosquito breeding is the most effective way to curb the spread of Dengue and Chikungunya.”
Inviting the Union Health Minister, Mr Kejriwal stated :“ I invite you and all Central government ministers to participate in this campaign. Your participation will inspire many others to participate.”  
The Chief Minister informed that the Delhi government has now directed all its employees of to participate in this campaign. They check their homes at 10 AM every Sunday and their offices at 11 AM every Friday.
“I would therefore request you to issue a similar appeal to all the central government employees since a large number of Centre’s officers and employees reside in the city,” Mr Kejriwal wrote.
Giving the example of Odd-Even, the Chief Minister state :“I would like to remind you that in January 2016 the Odd-Even scheme for reducing air pollution became a huge success due to the collective efforts of all of us, when everyone agreed not to use their vehicles on stipulated days.”
Mr Kejriwal appealed to Dr Harsh Vardhan to make the ongoing campaign a huge success :“I appeal to you make this campaign for prevention of Dengue and Chikungunya a huge success like the Odd-Even. Delhiites have kept Dengue and Chikungunya successfully under check during last three years and this year we can bring their number further down.”      

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