KARACHI: As per directives of Sindh chief minister, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) on Tuesday initiated a month-long anti-dengue and anti Congo-virus campaign.
Addressing the inaugural session of the campaign, KMC Administrator Rauf Akhter Farooqui said, “Thirty vehicles mounted with insecticides and anti-viral sprays, respectively would be engaged in fumigation across the city on daily basis.”
He said that this would also be complemented with release of a special variety of mosquito eating fish ‘Guppi’ in ponds, drains and stagnant water pools in different areas.
The KMC administrator said that the eradication campaign against viral diseases would continue till elimination of the risk factors and if needed, the campaign may be extended for another month’s time.
Farooqui also referred to the concern conveyed to him by the country’s former president Asif Ali Zardari about the possible outbreak of different viral infections in the city with possible, yet severe, implications on public life. The administrator said that although KMC is faced with acute paucity of funds yet citizens’ well-being and their health should not be ignored.
“Hence we have somehow managed to arrange needed funds with equal attention to come forward with a strategy through which long term objectives may be attained and the citizens may get rid of these diseases for good,” he said.
He said that the efforts were also being made to develop close coordination with all relevant departments enabling KMC to particularly focus on congested localities and slum areas.
“This does not mean that other areas may be overlooked,” said Farooqui reiterating that a special strategy has been evolved to cover all parks, open spaces, garbage dumps and drains etc.
KMC administrator said that he would personally supervise and monitor the campaign so that public confidence could be restored on the organisation’s commitment. He also mentioned that special ponds are being built on Safari Park, Zoological Gardens and Hill Park premises for ‘Guppi’ fish breeding.
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