'Dengue virus emerged from Capital's sensitive areas'
MABAD- The dengue virus emerged from the sensitive areas within the federal capital where the paramilitary forces had not let workers of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to go and spray insecticides during the civic body's recent campaign against the seasonal epidemics, informed a source in the Authority on request of anonymity.
According to the source, the CDA had launched a comprehensive campaign against seasonal diseases on July 7 in which, he said, all the katchi abadis, sewerage drains and ditches were sprayed with anti-mosquitoes insecticides.
But, he said, the paramilitary forces residing in some sensitive areas, which he did not mention due to security reasons, had not allowed the CDA workers to enter and carry out their job.
The restriction resulted in the first dengue fever case of the season in the Capital on Wednesday, said the source, fearing some more cases from the same area.
However, Dr Saeed Ahmad, CDA's Senior Health Director, said no such area was left without been sprayed wherefrom the risk could be emerged, adding that the situation was under control and there was no fear of the outbreak of the fatal fever.
He informed that CDA's Directorate of Health had distributed 10,000 anti-malarial pills and 1,000 sachets of Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) among the poor residents of katchi abadis during its campaign against the seasonal epidemics like malaria, cholera and diarrhea.
In addition, he maintained, more than 5,000 persons were vaccinated against typhoid and cholera during the campaign.
He said his workers had sprayed anti-mosquito insecticides in 15 katchi abadis and 27 ditches in the federal capital during the campaign and assured that no such place was left wherefrom the threat could be emerged.
Dr Saeed said an effective awareness campaign was necessary for prevention of the disease. "Most of the time people consider as if the mosquito carrying the dengue virus bred in stagnant water", he said. "On the contrary", he continued, "The mosquito breeds in fresh water inside our houses, which should be kept covered to avoid access of the mosquitoes".
Moreover, he said, the rainwater trapped in various discarded goods like water coolers and tyres etc were the main places for bringing up the dengue-carrier mosquitoes, which, he said, should be properly disposed of to avoid the risk of fatal fever.
Similarly, the rainwater pooled in ditches on roads served as the best breeding places for the specific mosquitoes, Dr Saeed maintained, advising the people to keep their door fronts and surroundings dry.