ISLAMABAD - Chairman Capital Development Authority Maroof Afzal has directed the health services directorate of the CDA to initiate a result-oriented campaign against dengue within the municipal limits of Islamabad.

The chairman CDA passed these directions while chairing a meeting held at CDA headquarters to review the steps taken by the health services directorate to eradicate dengue fever. The meeting was attended by senior officers of health, enforcement, sanitation and other concerned formations of the authority.

He directed health services directorate to remain vigilant and review high risk mapping exercise and larval habitat in the federal capital. He was apprised that the DHS has started a comprehensive campaign which would be completed in three phases.

During the first phase of the campaign, mapping of the potential breeding sites and high risk areas would be carried out.

 In this regard the health services directorate has completed survey of breeding sites like streams/ nullahs, nurseries, green belts, junkyards, graveyards, bus stands, open plots, filtration plants, slums, schools, petrol pumps, CNG stations, markets, parks, under-construction buildings, trenching grounds, ponds, tyre shops, service stations, and cattle markets etc.

The health services directorate has constituted eight teams and each team comprising four members will carry out detailed survey of the breeding sites. In the second phase of the campaign, the directorate of health services initiated surveillance of vector and evidence-based spray/fumigation in high risk areas like slums. The meeting was apprised that in order to make this campaign a success, coordinated efforts of all formations of the authority are also being ensured. In this regard solid waste management is being conducted on daily basis by sanitation directorate in addition to channelization of nullahs/ streams by environment directorate of the CDA.

The meeting was also informed that staff of various directorates of CDA is also being imparted with necessary training. The meeting was further apprised that in order to create awareness among the masses, 100,000 pamphlets are planned to be distributed among general public at their doorsteps in addition to installation of three hundred banners at various busy and prominent sites of Islamabad as the third phase of the campaign.

Maroof Afzal said that due to climatic variations dengue larva is not confined to any particular season so the CDA should remain active against dengue virus regardless of seasons.

He directed the sanitation, environment and water supply directorates of the authority to ensure cleanliness, maintenance of sewerage and water supply lines and cutting of wild shrubs.   

He further said that dengue mosquito breeds inside and vicinity of the houses in damp conditions; discarded drums, vases, buckets, earthen jars, removed tyres discarded in open environment, water jars, ant trap, coconut shells, tin, bottles, discarded boxes (cigarette, saver, juices etc), clay pots, bamboo ends, rubbish and other water containers.

The chairman directed that special care should be taken to minimise the chances of breading of the mosquitoes by cleaning these places. Solid waste should be discarded because; these are the basic contributors in dengue fever transmission.

He appealed to the general public to install wire gauze on the doors and windows, wearing full sleeves clothes and use mosquito repellent cream during high peak season of Dengue fever transmission.