Wah Cantt - As the outbreak of dengue fever has been feared in Taxila and adjacent areas with increasing number of dengue patients, the local administration has beefed up measures to control dengue fever spike in the city by creating awareness, house to house surveillance and fogging in the high risk areas.

As the number of dengue patients rose to 21 on Sunday, local administration has made arrangement on war footing to control this disease. In this connection services of as many as 30 women workers have been hired for indoor surveillance and creating awareness among housewives.

An effective strategy has been devised to deal with the possible outbreak of dengue, and all provincial departments are working in a coordinated manner to counter spread of the disease, said Assistant Commissioner Shahid Imran. He said a tehsil emergency response committee has been formed to make efforts to control dengue, adding that the committee was assisting various departments in their arrangements for eradication of dengue. He said that volunteers are working in high risk areas as dengue larva has been found from domestic sources and no single positive case has been reported from commercial areas.

He said that fogging has been carried out in high risk areas, especially Sarai Kala, Mohallah Mashraqiabad and Jameelabad, besides indoor residual spraying has also been carried around the houses where dengue larva was found. He said that special teams are formed to check presence of dengue larva at junkyards and graveyards. He said cases would be registered against tyre shops and junkyards if dengue larva was found from their premises.

He said that as dengue larva has been spotted at indoor domestic sources, therefore local administration along with tehsil municipal administration and health department are utilizing all resources on domestic sources. Therefore women’s services have been hired as male workers are not allowed entrance inside houses by the locals.

Moreover, medical experts have advised the citizens to take special preventive measures to protect themselves against dengue virus. According to them, citizens should properly dispose of solid waste and stagnant water from their homes and offices. They said mosquitoes breed primarily in containers like earthenware jars, metal drums and concrete cisterns used for domestic water storage, as well as discarded plastic food containers, used automobile tyres and other items in which rainwater accumulates.

Due to alarming increase in number of dengue patients, sale of mosquito nets has registered an increase in the city as people are purchasing nets to save themselves from mosquitoes. A large number of people, as precautionary measures, are also purchasing various sprays, nets and electric devices aimed at saving them from a virus caused by dengue mosquito.