Cell formed to wage war against dengue

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Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Secretariat Raja Muhammad Javed Ikhlas informed the National Assembly on Thursday that an independent cell had been established in the federal capital to control dengue.

Responding to a question, the parliamentary secretary said on special directives of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, a joint team of the administrations of twin cities of Rawalpinidi and Islamabad had been formed to curb the menace, adding, the government was hopeful that this year there would be complete control over the disease. He said to control dengue infection in the federal capital, three federal government departments were mandated including Capital Development Authority (CDA), ICT Administration and the CA&DD.

To another question, Raja Javed said no scientific research had been conducted so far to find out the exact number of Pollen allergy affected persons in the capital.

“However, as per available data of patients treated at Pollen Allergy Treatment & Relief Camps since 2004 to 2014 were 5,335 per year,” he mentioned. He said vaccines were provided to the allergy affected patients while trees resulting in the allergy were also cut to control the disease.