Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is taking all possible measures to overcome dengue fever and comprehensive steps have been taken to root out disease completely from the federal capital.

In this context, a meeting was held here at CDA Headquarters to review the steps taken by the Authority to overcome the dengue in the city during the current year. Director Health Services of CDA informed the meeting that Health Services Directorate had started preventive measures to cope with dengue threat right from the February this year, as result of which dengue cases reported in Islamabad were nominal as compared to the other cities.

He apprised that special teams were constituted in this regard which carried out inspection/visits at 21513 places up till now and collected 16,743 samples to detect the presence of dengue larva; however, the first sample of dengue larva was found positive in July which was collected from a shop situated at Shaheen Market Sector I-10.

The meeting was further informed that anti-mosquito spray was carried out at 2880 potential breeding sites while fogging activity was done at 2550 places. The meeting was further apprised that teams of environment wing also channelized different streams and nullahs flowing in Islamabad to maintain smooth water flow.

The chairman CDA was further informed that Authority’s comprehensive anti-dengue campaign was also underway, under this campaign more than 20,000 awareness pamphlets were distributed among the residents while 500 awareness banners had also been installed at different prominent places in the city.

On this occasion, Member Administration and Estate, Amer Ahmed Ali while directing concerned formations said that we must remain vigilant to cope with dengue irrespective of the seasons. He said that the owners of shops, bakeries, restaurants, tyre shops had been directed to take all preventive measures against the virus otherwise stern action would be taken against them without any discrimination under the municipal bylaws.

Meanwhile, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in collaboration with National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will provide facilities to the residents of the federal capital. The CDA will also seek the services of NADRA for balloting of plots to ensure the transparency, while NADRA will also cooperate with the civic body to improve the facilities at its under construction citizen facilitation centre. The NADRA will also facilitate CDA in balloting and allocation of numbers of plots to CDA affectees. Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal said that One Window Directorate (OWO) was functioning in an efficient manner and providing maximum facilities to the visitors. “OWO Directorate is functioning in systematic way and addressing all kinds of grievances of the complainants timely,” he added.

Up-gradation of OWO Directorate, qualified and professionally sound officials have been deputed in the OWO Directorate to serve and steer the visitors to the best of their satisfaction. The OWO Directorate maintains record of the applicants and complainants on daily basis and address these complaints promptly and a daily progress report is being submitted to Chairman CDA. The OWO Directorate is being equipped with latest technology and computers. The chairman CDA has directed to establish a unique citizen facilitation centre in Sector G-7, which was under construction. The construction work on the facilitation centre would be completed within next two months, he told.

The CDA, district administration and other concerned departments would function together under one roof in the public facilitation centre to resolve day to day issues of the public. Such centres would also be established in other sectors of the Federal Capital for providing basic facilities to the public.

It is pertinent to mention here that ministry of interior had directed for seeking the help of NADRA for resolving public grievances in an effective manner. In the aftermath of directions of Interior Ministry, the decisions have been taken to seek the services of NADRA for improving the provision of facilities to the public.