Plan to launch anti-dengue campaign in Islamabad

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Islamabad District health department has made all necessary arrangements to launch campaign avoiding dengue outbreak in the city and special teams will be constituted for destroying mosquito breeding places. The official sources said that arvicidal campaign will be started in the rural areas of Islamabad and sanitary inspectors and lady health workers will be asked for adding Temphos 1% graules in stagnant rain water and ponds.
He said it will help to destroy and eliminate the mosquito breeding cycle thereby killing the mosquito at its larval stage in the current high transmission season.
Sanitary inspectors and the Lady Health Workers have been advised to identify active breeding sites by making extensive visits in the villages, bazaars and congested areas where the rain water has been collected in the recent rains.
He said the people would be advised to avoid solid waste collection inside and around houses to prevent dengue mosquitoes from laying eggs.
He told that solid waste plays an important role as the rain water gets accumulated in the trash that attracts female mosquitoes to lay their eggs in large numbers. Staff of union councils have been directed to dispose of the solid waste quickly.
Hospital based surveillance has been started in the Health Department and a close collaboration and liaison will be developed with six hospitals of Islamabad.
The Dengue Fever Control Cell will maintain an active surveillance in the area to carry out an immediate targeted response by tracking patients with the active disease to carry out all necessary preventive and control measures against dengue fever.
Patients travel history, contact, tracing and identification of high risk areas will be also main activities.
Anti-mosquito spray and fumigation will be carried out in all the rural areas of Islamabad as part of preventive measures against the dengue.

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