The district government has requested all segments of society to do their bit in tackling the dengue outbreak in Swat Valley by taking part in an awareness campaign.
Assistant Commissioner Farukh Ateeq addressed a meeting of all stakeholders, including trade unions, elders, political workers and the media on Wednesday.
The dengue awareness campaign will be held across the district, “thousands of informative pamphlets will be published soon to raise awareness among students and the rest of the public.” Students will be targeted through tools such as cartoons and images explaining how the dengue virus works, explained Ateeq.
Information about Aedes mosquitoes which carry the dengue virus along with precautionary products will be disbursed by the district government to hotels and other public places. Legal action will be taken if hotels and shops do not take necessary precaution.
WHO representatives and doctors, who were present at the meeting, briefed participants about how to eliminate Aedes mosquitoes.
“The only way to end the dengue outbreak is to take measures to eliminate the mosquito. We should all actively take part in the anti-dengue campaign,” emphasised WHO representative and dengue expert Dr Irfan.
Office bearers of trade unions assured their complete cooperation to help the health department in tackling this issue.
According to a report issued by the District Health Office, at least 1,532 patients have been affected with the dengue virus.
It is suspected that number might actually stand closer to 2,200 patients as many cases could not be confirmed.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 5th, 2013.
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