It is a challenge!
Are there coconut shells or cans filled with water and lying in a corner at home? Are the drinking water containers covered properly? Is the garden cleaned regularly?
Mosquito breeding sources need to be identified and cleared at home and the message is taken to the public through a challenge on social media, such as Facebook.
Anybody can take photos of the covered water containers, and clean gardens, post it on social media with #Denguehousechallenge and tag their friends and the Corporation Commissioner too.
“The challenge was thrown open on October 21 and the message has reached more than 500 houses and there are about 3500 videos,” says the Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan.
“We are taking regulatory measures and also creating awareness. During checks conducted on Tuesday, a fine of Rs. 8.78 lakh was slapped on houses, commercial establishments, and industries for not clearing garbage or preventing water stagnation,” he said. So far, a penalty of Rs. 14.89 lakh has been levied.
Regarding the social media challenge, the commissioner said this is a way of spreading the message to more people and educating the public. When a person posts a photo of drinking water vessels covered, it is not a one-time effort at his house. It is educating the person on the need to keep the vessels covered.
Further, by tagging friends the message goes to more people, he added.
Source: The Hindu