rawalpindi - Two dengue fever cases were detected at Chakra, a thickly populated area of the Union Council (UC) 91 Girja, sending shock waves among the residents, sources informed The Nation yesterday.

The two patients, who were confirmed as dengue positive, have been identified as Sheikh Taj, 50, resident of Imtiaz Market and Abdul Wahab, 2, resident of Chakra. Both patients were brought to the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) for cure where condition of the child is said to be critical, they said.

Residents of the dengue-affected areas protested against the apathy of the City District Government Rawalpindi and health department for not taking concrete steps to control the dengue larva.

Muhammad Kamran, resident of Chakra, said that dengue is rearing its ugly head in residential areas of UC 91 Girja. He said no fogging was carried out in the dengue-affected areas, which increased the chances of growth of dengue larva.

Khitab-ur-Rehman, father of two-year-old dengue-affected child, said his son was bite by a dengue mosquito and he was brought to the HFH where the baby boy was battling for life.

He said he had made several complaints with offices of CDGR and health department about presence of dengue larva in Chakra but no action was taken by the authorities concerned. “The doctors are conducting dengue serology of my son daily but his white blood cells are decreasing sharply. His life is in danger,” he said in chocked voice. He demanded Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif and Secretary Health to take action against the authorities concerned. Many other residents asked the government to conduct fogging campaign in the areas to eliminate the dengue larva.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Talat Mehmood Gondal and Executive District Officer (EDO) Health Dr Arshad Ali Sabir did not attend their cell phones when this correspondent tried to contact them for their official versions regarding dengue outbreak in Girja.