The health authority of Islamabad is making serious efforts including awareness campaigns, to control dengue outbreak in Pakistan. “The actions being taken include identifying and destroying mosquito breeding sites,” Islamabad Capital Territory District Health Officer (DHO) Dr. Najeeb Durrani told the meeting.
The basic measures are including convincing people to cover drinking water containers, remove tyres, shoppers, plastic bottles and other wastes from roofs, drain water from room coolers and trays of refrigerators, Durrani told the meeting convened by Secretary Health Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik on directions of Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza.
Durrani said that District Health Authority (DHA) has formed six teams of sanitary inspectors and malaria supervisors, besides 136 teams of lady health workers who go inside the homes to spread awareness among women about dengue prevention.
The meeting was informed that there was daily sharing of dengue cases reports by all major hospitals in Islamabad whereas daily meetings of ADHO with field staff are being held.
At least 714 hotspots for dengue in ICT and 2,206 hotspots in CDA are being given special attention. These include junkyards, tyre shops, water bodies etc. In addition public awareness drive has been launched to educate the residents on the prevention of dengue.
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