Weeklong war with dengue begins today

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The district health department Islamabad will start a weeklong anti-dengue campaign in the rural areas of the Federal Capital from Monday.

District Dengue Surveillance Cell In-charge Dr Najeeb Durrani said in a statement issued that 11 anti-dengue spray and fumigation teams have been constituted for carrying out anti-mosquito spray and sampling of larva under the supervision of district health department.

The campaign would focus on three important areas including community mobilisation, sampling and fumigation, elimination of breeding places.

The Health Department has also trained the participants of anti-dengue teams in a training session held on Sunday.

Dr Durrani further informed that teams of Revenue Department, Local Government and Rural Development, and union councils, ICT would also be assisting health department teams in anti-dengue measures.

Besides this, 300 lady health workers are starting a door-to-door campaign to mobilise and educate the community about preventive measures against dengue.

Seminars would be held at Rural Health Centres to create awareness in the community and pamphlets would be distributed. Sanitary Inspectors would carry out fumigation at public places.

The staffs of union councils have been directed to ensure special cleanliness and timely disposal of solid waste in each union council. He advised the community to keep their houses and surroundings clean, and take preventive measures against mosquitoes.