Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is making magnanimous efforts to eliminate dengue virus while utilising all available resources to combat the disease.

The cooperation of the residents of the city would play a key role in the CDA’s effort said Member Administration and Estate, Amer Ali Ahmed while reviewing the steps taken by the authority.  Director Health Services apprised Amer Ali Ahmed that DHS has been taking effective preventive measures against the dengue virus in the city, said a press release.

He was apprised that special teams had been constituted for effective dengue surveillance. These teams carried out parricidal sprays at 209 and fogging activity at 262 potential breeding sites of dengue mosquito, while spraying activity has been done at 538 different places of the federal capital.

He was apprised that 5850 samples were also taken to test the presence of dengue larva but not a single sample was found positive.  He was further apprised that teams of different formations of the Authority have also canalised the nullahs and streams at 15 different points. He apprised Member Administration that as preventive and precautionary measures Internal Residual Spray (IRS) has been carried, especially in 15 those houses, and their surroundings, where last year dengue cases were reported.

Member Administration & Estate was informed that on the directives of Chairman CDA, Maroof Afzal, and DHS had been taking all preventive measures through public awareness campaign, adding that more than 200,000 pamphlets have been distributed among the masses while more than 500 banners inscribed with preventive steps against the dengue virus were also displayed at prominent locations in the capital.

Ahmed directed the relevant formations of the Authority to ensure proper sanitation system, removal of shrubs and wild bushes and repair / maintenance of sewerage and water supply lines in the city.

He said that we should remain alert against the dengue virus irrespective of the season.

Member Administration and Estate Amer Ali Ahmed asked the owners of shops, bakeries, restaurants, and tyre shops to take all preventive measures against the dengue virus otherwise stern action would be taken against them without any discrimination under the municipal bylaws.    

He appealed to the residents to take preventive measures against dengue and fix wire gauzes at the windows and doors, cover water pots, use full sleeves shirts and drain water from their houses, streets and roads.