Islamabad - Health Services Directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is striving hard to eliminate dengue virus from the Capital city. All available resources as well as manpower would be used during the dengue virus growth season to overcome this deadly virus.

Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal said this during a high-level meeting about the effective measures taken against the dengue virus held at the CDA Headquarters.

On this occasion, Advisor on Health Punjab Khwaja Salman Rafiq, Secretary Health Punjab Jawad Rafiq, Member Administration and Estate Amer Ali Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi, Director General Civic Management, Director Health Services and officers of concerned formations of the Authority were also present. Advisor on Health Punjab Khwaja Salman Rafiq said that Islamabad and Rawalpindi are the twin cities of Pakistan, adding that authorities concerned of both cities should formulate a joint mechanism against all kind of diseases. “Authorities concerned of twin cities should also get benefits from each other experiences to eliminate dengue virus completely,” he added.

While appreciating the effective measures against the dengue virus, Khwaja Salman Rafiq said the strategy of Health Services Directorate of CDA against the dengue virus is very much effective due to which the dengue growth in Islamabad as compared to other cities of the country is at its lowest.

Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal directed the Directorate of Health Services to ensure availability of manpower and resources, particularly, the deployment of lady health workers for door-to-door anti-dengue awareness campaign in the Federal Capital. He also directed for more deployment of Entomologists during the campaign. He further directed the Environment Wing, Engineering Wing and Administration Wing of CDA to ensure joint coordinated efforts during the anti-dengue drive.

On this occasion, the Director Health Services gave a detailed presentation and informed that Health Services Directorate is working under a comprehensive plan for preventive measures, elimination of dengue virus growth and its larvae, adding that due to effective implementation on plan the ratio of dengue cases in Islamabad is lower than the other parts of the country.

He said that 20,000 samples of mosquito have been collected and tested since January this year out of which 24 samples of dengue have been found positive. “Only two dengue cases have been found positive in the urban areas of the city,” he added. He informed that CDA is not only conducting spray and fumigation in identified dengue growth areas of the city but also carrying out anti-dengue awareness campaign in the city.

Director Health Services informed that special teams of DHS, after a detailed survey, compiled data, which is playing a vital role during the anti-dengue drive as well as other diseases.

He said that the data would also be more effective for planning the anti-dengue campaign in future.

Advisor on Health Punjab Khwaja Salman Rafiq appreciated the efforts of Health Services Directorate and said that CDA is running its anti-dengue drive according to principles of World Health Organization (WHO), adding that he is happy with the zealous and professional efforts of concerned formations of CDA against the dengue virus.