Islamabad - Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Maroof Afzal has directed the concerned formations of the authority to take all possible preventive measures to overcome anticipated threat of the dengue virus in the federal capital.

The CDA in collaboration with other organisations would ensure a comprehensive strategy against the threats of dengue virus. The preventive measures include awareness campaign, spray at possible breeding of dengue larva and its growth.

Chairman CDA, Maroof Afzal issued these directions during a meeting here at CDA headquarters on Monday. On this occasion senior officers of concerned formations of the authority were also present.

Chairman CDA directed the officers of sanitation directorate, environment wing and water management wing to ensure proper sanitation system, removal of shrubs and wild bushes and repair / maintenance of sewerage and water supply lines in the city.  He said that we should remain alert against the dengue virus irrespective of seasons as the deadly virus remains active in specific seasons. He added that we should take all possible preventive measures against the dengue in the upcoming monsoon season with more effective strategy.

Due to the effective measures and proper planning, dengue virus remained under control as compared with other cities of the country, Chairman CDA said. He said that we have to work hard for elimination of dengue disease with more enthusiasm.

Maroof Afzal was apprised that all formations of the authority have been taking effective preventive measures against the dengue virus in the city, which remained under control for the last few years. He was further apprised that the concerned formations to overcome the dengue virus by proper mapping and timely spray in the affected areas.  Chairman was informed during the meeting that CDA had been taking all preventive measures through public awareness campaign, adding that more than 200,000 pamphlets have been distributed among the masses while more than 500 banners inscribed with preventive steps against the dengue virus were also displayed in prominent locations in the capital city.

Chairman CDA directed for a comprehensive and more effective public awareness drive against the dengue disease. He asked for an aggressive awareness campaign and maximum preventive measures should be introduced among the masses to ensure complete control over the dengue virus. He urged for necessary training and education of the anti-dengue staff.

On this occasion Member Administration and Estate, Amer Ali AHmed directed enforcement directorate to overcome breeding of the dengue virus and asked the owners of shops, bakeries, restaurants, tyre shops to take all preventive measures against the dengue virus otherwise stern action would be taken against them without any discrimination under the municipal bylaws so that the residents of the capital city could be protected from the deadly virus.