Interior Minister Shehryar Afridi on Wednesday informed the National Assembly that about 35 cases of dengue fever had been reported in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) this year.

The minister said this while responding to a calling attention notice regarding an outbreak of dengue fever in Islamabad Capital Territory. He said that during last year about 103 cases of dengue fever were reported in the federal capital. The minister said that peak time of the dengue fever in the country is from October to mid of November.

Afridi said that after the mid of November, the dengue fever starts declining. “We have taken effective precautionary measures and ministry of health had been directed to stay vigilant to handle the dengue fever,” he added. He said that during the last many years, the step taken by the federal, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments to control the dengue fever are appreciable.

The minister urged the parliamentarians to take issues seriously and highlight it in their respective areas. “I assured the people, we are vigilant and committed to deliver,” he added. He said that the government had also arranged dengue spray in various areas of the capital with the objective to secure the areas.

He said that awareness campaign among the masses had also been launched. “I and my team are also monitoring the situation,” he added. He said that special space had been reserved in federal government hospital for the patients.