RAWALPINDI  – Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has started second round of anti-dengue spray to fight against the killer disease said Additional Cantonment Executive Officer (ACEO) Shakeel Anwar Jappa.

Talking to the agency he said that first round covering all main areas of Cantt board particularly adjacent areas of Nullah Lai has been completed which was started nearly two weeks ago.

He informed that a new heavy duty Aerosol Generation at a cost of Rs 1.8 million was purchased this year, which is environment friendly as water is used with chemical for the spray against dengue. He said fogging activities would also be carried out in different areas of RCB from next week of this month. He informed that new fogging machines were purchased last year and now RCB has sufficient equipments for fumigation and fogging activities.

To a question he said that to raise awareness among the cantonment residents, banners explaining precautionary measures, have been put up while pamphlets would also be distributed. He informed that an adequate stock of the “relevant” medicine is being made available and will be used in anti-mosquito sprays through hand pumps and fumigation machines. As far as treatment facilities are concerned, he said a special ward with all facilities has been set up at the Cantonment Board Hospital for dengue related emergencies. A comprehensive action plan has also been approved to prevent dengue virus in cantonment area.

According to the plan, this year more aggressive approach would be adopted to cope with the situation and to fight against the dengue virus more effectively. Under the special instructions of Station Commander and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cantonment Board, special steps would be taken to control the dengue especially in cantonment area. He said that all possible precautionary measures to control the dengue virus would be taken. Campaign to conduct anti-dengue spray round in all cantonment areas has been started which will continue till the threat of the disease is over. Jappa said that as many as 400 tyres have also been confiscated and tyre shops were imposed fines with warning that uncovered and unpacked tyres, new and used, should not be displayed.

Meanwhile, Tehsil Muncipal Administration (TMA) seized more than 70 tyres during a move to prevent dengue virus here.

The TMA also launched an operation against the encroachers and imposed Rs 26000 as fine over 26 shopkeepers for exhibiting their goods on footpath. The operation was carried out in Raja Bazaar, Bara Bazaar, Jamia Masjid Road,Iqbal road, Liaquat Road, Muslim Town and Benazir Bhutto road and adjoining areas. The TMA administrator said that no one would be allowed to violate rule of law, he said that shopkeepers would have to face heavy fine in case of violation.