ISLAMABAD - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has allocated Rs 9 million for launching a campaign against dengue fever in the federal capital. This was stated by CDA Chairman, Engr Furkhand Iqbal in an emergency meeting called for the purpose to review the activities being undertaken by Health Directorate in Islamabad to combat emerging threat of dengue epidemic and to prevent possible transmission of Dengue Virus in the federal capital, said a press release issued here on Tuesday.

He said that all out efforts and resources have been placed for this fight. He welcomed the national and international partners in this fight.

The meeting was attended by Member Administration, Member Environment, Member Estate and Member Planning. Representatives of International Organisation such as WHO, UNICEF, UN-HABITAT, Rotary International etc.

Similarly representatives from top government and non-government organisations such as Pemra, PMRC, DG Federal Directorate of Education, Director Auqat, PIERA Chamber of Commerce, EDs of Major hospitals in Islamabad, representatives from civil society, DG Administration, DG Environment, DG Administration, DDG DMA, Director Sanitation, Director Environment, Director HRD, Director Public Relations, Director Enforcement,

Directors and Officers of all CDA Formations were also present in the meeting.

Dr Hasan Orooj, Director Health Services CDA presented a detailed strategy adopted by DHS, CDA to control Dengue since November 2011. He mentioned that pre-emptive measures have been taken since November 2011 to decrease the intensity of Dengue Epidemic in 2012.

Enforcement Directorate will assist DHS for removal of old tyres from tyre shops. Auqaf Department will use mosques for social mobilisation in Juma prayers, while NGOs will help in creation of awareness in this regard. Federal Directorate of Education will direct all schools for having zero period for training and awareness of children and distribute pamphlets.