Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File Photo: IANS). Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, Sep 19 : To further expand the anti-dengue drive, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday urged citizens to encourage at least 10 of their friends to check homes for clean stagnant water every Sunday for 10 minutes.

Kejriwal launched the 'Champions Program' three weeks after the launch of the anti-dengue drive and urged people to call 10 friends on Sunday and encourage them too to inspect their homes and "be a champion in the fight against Dengue".

"Dengue is a disease that can only be defeated when the people come together. We are already seeing the phenomenal impact of this public movement. We are adding another dimension to the campaign - this Sunday, after 10 minutes of checking your own home, call your 10 friends to inspect their homes as well. We have to inspire each other to protect ourselves and our families from dengue," he said.

On the impact of the campaign, Kejriwal said this year, there is a steep reduction in the number of dengue cases.

He said a community-driven campaign would ensure the citizens are encouraged to take initiative and responsibility for their fellow citizens. "Cooperation and collective efforts of the government and the citizens can further decrease the risk of dengue in the city."

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