CDA springs into action to overcome dengue

*Capital divided into five zones in campaign to wipe out dengue

ISLAMABAD: Health Services Directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has geared up its machinery to overcome the dengue virus in the federal capital.In this regard, Islamabad has been divided into five zones: F-Series sectors fall in Zone-1, G-Series in Zone-2, I-Series in Zone-3, while areas included in Zone-4 and 5 are green belts, parks, nullahs and major avenues particularly the I.J Principal Road. The CDA sources told INP, Member Administration CDA, Amir Ali Ahmed has directed Health Services Directorate to prevent breeding of the dengue virus, implement the municipal bylaws and directed the owners of shops,  bakeries, restaurants, tyre shops to take all preventive measures against the dengue virus otherwise stern action will 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.Amir Ali Ahmed urged that our aim in not only the elimination of dengue mosquito but to eradicate its growth completely at larva stage. He said that our priority is to control the deadly virus at initial stage, adding that focus is being given to those areas of the city where the breeding and growth of dengue virus is high. According to Health Services Directorate, high growth areas of dengue virus are Sector G-6, G-7, I-9, I-10 and I-11, therefore, the process of fumigation and other preventive measures by the special teams of DHS would be ensured in these areas.Teams of DHS are conducting fumigation and spray in katchi abadies, nullahs,  parks and other high growth areas of dengue virus under the supervision of Director Health Services on daily basis. The teams have been directed to submit daily progress report, which would be submitted to Chairman CDA. Medical experts have advised the citizens to take special preventive measures to protect themselves against the dengue virus. According to them, the citizens should properly dispose off the solid-waste and stop water storage practices at their residences to prevent access to egg-laying female mosquitoes. They say that the mosquitoes breed primarily in containers like earthenware jars, metal drums and concrete cisterns used for domestic water storage, as well as discarded plastic food containers, used automobile tyres, and other items that collect rain water. Wasim Khawaja from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) said that dengue is a mosquito-borne infection, which in recent years has become a major public health concern.He said dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. He added that the spread of dengue is attributed to expanding geographic distribution of the four dengue viruses and of their mosquito vectors, the most important of which is the predominantly urban species aedes aegypti. He said that the rapid growth of urban population is bringing ever greater numbers of people into contact with this vector, especially in areas that are favorable for mosquito breeding like where household water storage is common and where solid-waste disposal services are inadequate. He said that after the virus incubation for eight to ten days, an infected mosquito is capable, during probing and blood feeding of transmitting the virus to susceptible individuals for the rest of its life. He said that the virus circulates in the blood of the infected humans for two to seven days, at approximately the same time as they suffer from fever. He added that the clinical features of dengue fever vary according to the age of the patient.

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