The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Health Directorate has developed a comprehensive plan for the containment of dengue fever in Islamabad.
The CDA Health Services director has appealed to the general public to help eradicate the breeding sites of dengue mosquitoes inside their houses.
“In order to control the entire operation, Dengue Control Monitoring Teams have also been constituted to monitor the activities effectively” he said.
Under social mobilisation, 300 school teachers, 35 clerics from the Auqaf Department, 35 volunteers from Plan International, and CDA Health Directorate medical officers have been trained for the work.
Islamabad has been divided in to four zones as and risk mapping found G-6, G-7, G-11, I-8, I-10, I-11 and nullahs throughout the city to be high risk areas. Fogging activities in the high risk areas are underway. In 2011, Pakistan had 24,475 confirmed cases of dengue, with 19,304 diagnosed In Punjab alone.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2012.
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