EPA seals three tyre shops in anti-dengue drive

RAWALPINDI: The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) officials on Wednesday visited and sealed three tyre shops for not making appropriate arrangements to prevent the breeding of dengue larva.
As part of the ongoing anti-dengue drive, the EPA inspected six tyre shops, and 16 junkyards that could prove suitable sites for breeding of the lethal mosquito. The Punjab government has tasked the EPA’s Dengue Directorate to identify and eliminate the dengue breeding sites in tyre shops, junkyards, nurseries, and under-construction sites in the province. During inspection of the dengue-breeding sites, the squads found 16 places satisfactory where the SOPs for checking growth of the dengue mosquito were being followed. The squads removed three breeding points in the city. The process of registering tyre shops is gaining speed as the EPA squads are inspecting these shops and warehouses on regular basis.
Talking to the media personnel, EPA’s District Officer Mian Muhammad Nawaz said that he himself is inspecting the dengue-breeding points in the city, and monitoring the whole process through the Punjab government’s online Android system. He said that the squads are visiting various areas and updating the dengue progress images and details on the software.
He said that the government is utilising all available resources to check the spread of the killer virus. He said that like other directorates of the EPA, the Dengue Directorate is working efficiently in all parts of the district to cope with the threat. Nawaz said that besides government departments, the general public also has to come forward, as the government alone cannot eliminate the virus.

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