ISLAMABAD - The local administration here on Thursday said that the second phase of 17-day anti-dengue drive has been concluded in the rural areas of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) from the very start of this week. District Disease Surveillance Coordinator, ICT, Dr. Najeeb Durrani has said through a press statement that second phase of fogging and fumigation drive in the rural areas was part of preventive measures against dengue. “As many as 459 places were visited by the anti-mosquito sprays teams and fumigation was carried out there,” he added. He also said that spray teams covered the areas of Bhara Kau, Tarlai, Sihala, Rawat, Kurri and Koral.

According to the local administration, assistant commissioner (Secretariat), Nouman Yousaf, ICT magistrates, officials of ICT Health Department, of union councils, Local Government Department and of Revenue Department were also part of spray teams and fumigation. Deputy Commissioner, Islamabad, Amer Ali Ahmed has said that chlorination of water supply schemes was also under way in the rural areas as part of preventive measures against the seasonal diseases.

He has said that proactive role of community was vital in fight against the dengue and the more they were well aware about the preventive methods, the lesser they were vulnerable.

A spokesman of the administration said that District Health Department was also conducting social mobilization in the rural areas to raise awareness in the community about the preventive measures against dengue. 90,000 pamphlets have been distributed in the community with special emphasis of participation of students. The teams also fixed banners at important places in the rural areas. He further said that special cleanliness drive was also underway and special arrangements for disposal of waste and garbage had been made by activating the officials of union councils.