KARACHI - The Sindh Dengue Surveillance Cell has confirmed 41 new dengue cases in the province within three days. The new cases have taken the total numbers of confirmed cases in Sindh to 1474 during this year, while 1309 cases are reported only in Karachi. As many as 11 people have also died of dengue in the metropolis. 

NPT anti dengue programme:

Nazaria Pakistan Trust in collaboration with Punjab Arts Council will organize an Anti Dengue programme on Tuesday (today) at Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan. The students will be informed about this dangerous disease and precautionary measures through interesting shows.

Health services directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is striving to combat transmission of dengue fever virus within the municipal limits of Islamabad.

The breeding samples are being collected, larvicidal activities are under taken and social mobilisation for involving communities is being done, said a press release. The health directorate of CDA has constituted four teams each for surveillance, larvicidal, spraying and fogging activities and two separate teams to work in the evening shift.

Each team consists of two workers. Two teams are constituted for monitoring the campaign activities. These teams have collected 5,519 breeding samples throughout the municipal limits of Islamabad.

Out of these samples, only 168 samples are positive for Aedes mosquito. Some 2,572 high-risk areas have been treated with larvicidal medicines. About 5,915 spray and fog activities have been performed.

In addition Katchi Abadies/ urban slums, bus stands, graveyards, schools, nurseries, parks and green belts were also sprayed and fogged. For public awareness regarding dengue fever and its precautions, pamphlets are being distributed among general public. Till date 103,054 pamphlets have been distributed among general public.

The health directorate has also installed 125 banners in Islamabad at various busy and important sites of Islamabad like road crossing, schools, hospitals, markets and urban slums.

The health directorate has designed special stamps regarding the precautions of dengue fever and the same stamps were distributed in all major hospitals of Islamabad and dispensaries of CDA and the federal Government.

To disseminate maximum information regarding dengue fever, the doctors in hospitals and dispensaries stamped the patient’s OPD slips with this special stamp. Similarly staff of various directorates of CDA like sanitation, environment, park, municipal administration, enforcement directorate and CDA model school have been imparted training in dengue fever control mechanisms.

The chairman CDA has appealed to the residents of Islamabad to discard drums, vases, buckets, earthen jars, removed tyres, water jars, coconut shells, tin, bottles, discarded boxes (cigarette, saver, juices etc), clay pots, bamboo ends, rubbish and other water containers because these provides good breeding grounds for Dengue mosquitoes i.e. solid waste management and destruction of breeding sites of mosquitoes is an important component for dengue fever control and can contribute up to 80 per cent in control of dengue fever transmission whereas role of spraying and fogging during epidemic is only up to 15-20 per cent.