ISLAMABAD-Islamabad Capital Territory Administration in its ongoing anti-dengue drive has sealed 14 junkyards and issued tokens to four persons in Rawat for not complying with anti-dengue measures.

Rawat is currently the main focus, as it bordered from three sides with Rawalpindi where numerous dengue cases have already been reported, Asif Raheem, additional deputy commissioner ICT (East) and focal person of dengue drive in federal capital, said on Tuesday.

The administration has banned keeping tyres in open spaces, water accumulation in open spaces, solid waste disposal in open areas and sewerage leaks, he added. He said that currently, 9 teams of ICT admin comprising assistant commissioners and magistrates have been asked to ensure implementation of bans in their respective jurisdictions besides submitting daily performance report in the office.

He said that the drive was being carried out in collaboration with stakeholders including Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad and health department for better outcomes in the city.

He said that as many as 9 anti-dengue awareness campaigns and 875 health education sessions have been conducted so far since June 2019 at different recreational places, educational institutes and villages of the federal capital.

Hundreds of pamphlets containing preventive measures against dengue are being distributed among the masses during surveillance in every covered house.

“Every team in his covered area touch every house for surveillance without missing a single house, if dengue confirmed then 48 houses are sprayed with insecticide residual spray (IRS) activity around the patient house as per World Health Organization (WHO) protocols”, he added.

The awareness banners were also being displayed in rural areas of Islamabad including Tarlai, Rawat, Bharakahu and Tarnol to create maximum dengue awareness among the general public.

Over 300 lady health workers was taking part in indoor activity and citizens are being be informed about dengue and adoption of maximum precautionary measures against the disease.

He urged the citizens to adopt precautionary measures and remove stagnant water from their homes and roof tops as most of dengue larvae and adult mosquito is found in air coolers, water drums and scrap items.

He said the progress of on-going anti-dengue drive was reviewed by Deputy Commissioner ICT Hamza Shafqaat on daily basis.

Surveillance and monitoring being carried out for early detection of new cases and identifying geographical background of the admitted ones in different Hospitals of Islamabad, he added.

Meanwhile, a students’ declamation contest on freedom struggle of Kashmir was held here on Tuesday at Allama Iqbal Open University.

The event was aimed at projecting the issue of Kashmir in its true perspectives among the young.

Male and female students of postgraduate (BS/MSc) programmes participated in the event who spoke on the topic of “Pakistanis and Kashmiris are the one”.

The event was arranged by the university’s department of Physics.

The winners of first, second and third positions in contest were awarded cash prizes and commendation certificates.

Dean Sciences Dr Syed Zafar Ilyas said on the occasion that such activities were aimed at developing patriotism among the students, as well as to enable them to get better understanding of the national issues.