Maldives Red Crescent and CCHDC begin dengue awareness raising campaigns

The Maldivian Red Crescent yesterday began a door-to-door awareness raising campaign in the greater Male’ area.

The campaign coincides with the government’s annual awareness campaign during the summer months, organised by the Centre for Community Health Disease Control (CCHDC). The Red Crescent campaign will also cover Fuvahmulah.

The Red Crescent’s campaign will involve representatives going door to door handing out informative leaflets in order to avoid a repeat of the outbreak last year which claimed a record twelve lives in the country, according to the CCHDC’s figures.

2012 has already seen one recorded dengue-related fatality after a six-year old girl died as a result of Dengue-shock syndrome on April 10.

The campaign started by the CCDHC is called “Madhiri, rulhi, rulhi” (“Mosquito, unfriendly, unfriendly).