The onset of monsoons gives a reason to cheer to people as they get relief from scorching summer heat. Little do people realize that the season can be a big-turn off for them if they do not take all necessary precautions. The onslaught of vector-borne diseases becomes a menace during monsoons and if not controlled, can result in mass infections and even deaths. Fortunately few organizations have woken up to the cause.
With a view to spread awareness on vector-borne diseases, this ‘National Dengue Day’ witnessed a conglomeration of leading private sector organizations, hospitals, civil societies, RWAs and government organizations. Under the initiative of DLF Foundation in collaboration with Health Department, Gurgaon, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India with Synergie, as its partner, an interactive session was also organized on vector-borne diseases. NBCC, DHFL, Max Hospitals, Medanta, research scholars from JNU and RWA representatives were among those present at the occasion.
“Vector-borne diseases are a menace in Gurgaon. While businesses suffer huge productivity loss every year on account of work place absenteeism, our families have to go through immense stress due to loved ones suffering on account of these diseases. Since monsoon is approaching, it is imperative to be proactive from now onwards. This comprehensive action plan, if implemented properly will go a long way in curbing the onslaught of vector borne diseases,” said Mr. Vinay Sahni, CEO, DLF Foundation.
The three-hour session witnessed the outlining of landscape of Vector borne diseases by three prominent doctors of the city, Dr. S. S. Saroha, Deputy Civil Surgeon, VBD, Mrs Saroj Deswal, Biologist, Office of Civil Surgeon, Mr. Ram Prakash, Epidemiologist, Office of civil surgeon. A live workshop was also conducted to draft a blueprint for tackling these diseases taking into account the suggestions of participants who hailed from diverse backgrounds. These groups also made interactive presentations focusing on how to combat vector –borne diseases. A comprehensive action plan was also drawn and the Gurgaon Task Force constituted to tackle the menace.
Summarizing the need and way forward to combat vector borne diseases Col. Prakash Tewari, Executive Director, DLF Foundation said “There is an urgent need to address the issue of vector borne disease in Gurgaon and collaboration holds the key. We are trying to get all the Corporates, hospitals, RWA’s and other organizations who are working towards this under one umbrella and collectively take steps in sync with the government to control VBD in Gurgaon.”