ISLAMABAD - Health Services Directorate of the Capital Development Authority after holding field study has created a detailed map pinpointing the high-risk areas known to produce conducive environment for dengue mosquito breeding prevalence in the federal capital.
The areas have been identified on the basis of previous years record of patients who were diagnosed dengue positive. The directorate has separated these areas under three categories including high-rise, moderate-risk and low-risk.
CDA Health Services wing has started its campaign of source reduction/ larval habitat destruction and larviciding in the municipal limits of the federal capital for which the concerned formation has already explored the breeding sites through an extensive exercise that was started in November last year.
On the basis of mapping, health directorate has designed a preemptive exercise to avert the threats of dengue spread in the municipal limits of CDA. Spray and fumigation were carried out in hot spots from January to February 2012.
The anti-Malaria Squad has drained out maximum larval habitats/breeding sites including ponds, nullahs, and streams. Channalisation of stagnant natural streams have been completed in Katchi Abadis in Sector G-7, F-7 and G-9. Anti-malaria squad has been grouped into three teams. First team comprising of eight workers deputed for channalisation of nullahs, second team comprising of spray men and a supervisor is deputed for the spray of high risk area and third team comprising of two spray men is deputed for emergency spray in high risk area.
Channelisation of the blocked nullahs have been done in sectors H-8/4, I-8/2, F-11/1, H-9/3, F-11/1, F-6/2, F-11/4, F-10/3, F-10/4, F-7/4, G-6, H-9/3, G-7/2, F-11/4, G-9/3, F-11/4, G-6/1-4, G-8/1, G-7/1, I-9/4, I-11/4, G-8/4, F-10/1, F-10/2, G-11/4, H-9/3, F-11/1, F-6/2, F-11/4, F-10/3, F-10/4, H-8/4, G-7, and G-7/3-1.
The CDA has appealed the residents of the federal capital to discard drums, vases, buckets, jars, removed tyres, water jars, coconut shells, tin, bottles, discarded boxes, clay pots, bamboo ends, rubbish and other water containers because these provides good breeding grounds for Dengue mosquitoes.
As the climate is changing, the temperature as well as humidity is setting favourable for the emergence of mosquitoes, so the public should install wire gauze on the doors and windows.