The District Health Department has started a campaign in the capital’s rural areas to destroy dengue larvae and prevent the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the monsoon.
District Dengue Control In-charge Dr Najeeb Durrani said the department is fumigating potential dengue breeding sites in the city’s suburbs. He said 260 lady health workers and staff of 17 population welfare centres are participating in the door-to-door drive.
The department has sprayed some 700 places as part of its anti-dengue measures this year, he said, adding that it has also held awareness campaigns in the rural areas.
The health teams are also disinfected water reservoirs to prevent the spread of gastro.
Durrani appealed to the public to properly dispose of waste, use boiled water and wash fruits and vegetables before consumption.
Meanwhile, an anti-dengue fumigation campaign and survey is also under way in 46 union councils of Rawal Town in Rawalpindi.
Rawalpindi District Health Officer Dr Tahir said the campaign will continue till October and 190 lady health workers are part of the campaign in Rawalpindi.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2014.