They will visit 1.2 lakh houses in 60 wards of the city

In one of the major voluntary works of its kind, many students of colleges affiliated to Mangalore University will visit about 1.2 lakh houses in the city as part of the “dengue and malaria awareness campaign” of the Mangalore City Corporation, which was inaugurated on Saturday.

Students will visit the houses as part of their National Social Service (NSS) activity for over a month. At the ceremony to inaugurate the campaign, Yogish Bhat, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, told The Hindu that 50 teachers had been trained by the corporation as part of the programme. They would, in turn, train students, who would cover 1.2 lakh houses in 60 wards of Mangalore.

C.M. Sudarshan, in-charge Health Officer of the corporation, said students from 14 colleges in the city would visit over one lakh houses to raise awareness about the two diseases.

They would give tips about other vector-borne diseases also. Colleges with bigger number of volunteers had been given bigger wards. For example, 200 students from Govindadasa College were taking part in the campaign and would cover houses in Surathkal and Katipalla.

Amitha Kala, Deputy Mayor, said that Mangalore was a beautiful city but its image had been sullied owing to malaria and dengue. It was up to the corporation, construction and hotel industries, and students to take action to raise awareness about the diseases, she added.

Mr. Bhat asked students to tell people about plastic disposal. At the next annual NSS campaign, students could share their experiences of the visits made. “You will definitely see a new direction in life, a new viewpoint, emerging,” he added.

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