Federal areas yet to be fumigated

ISLAMABAD Despite the growing number of dengue patients in the country, the city administration is not bother to carry out fumigation drive in the suburban areas of the Capital. The authorities have failed to control the endemic as they did not played their due role as far as the preventive measures like fumigation drives were concerned. According to health experts, the fumigation drive, which was to be carried out in August, had been done in late October, which was not as effective as it could be this time. So far, the dengue fever endemic has killed at least 27 people and affected over 3,000 others across the country. The suburban areas of Capital city like Bhara Kahu, Bani Gala, Jhnag Syedian and others are not fumigated so far. Whereas 11 heavily polluted streams in Islamabad, which are considered the breeding ground for the mosquitoes are also completely ignored. Sindh has remained the most effected province from dengue fever as at least 16 people have died due to dengue virus and 1875 have been declared patients of dengue fever in the province. According to Dr Waseem Khawaja, Assistant Director, PIMS, the hospital is receiving 150 to 200 suspected cases of dengue daily. When contacted Spokesperson Capital Development Authority, he said that the fumigation drives are being carried out in Capital as in first phase katchi abadies and green belts were covered. In second phase the areas, which were left earlier, would be fumigated he added. Replying to a query, he said the fumigation drive is still on as it is a continuous process and we have not abducted it yet. As far as the suburban areas are considered it does not come in CDA preview and ICT Administration is responsible if theses areas are ignored, he added. Whereas according to the Spokesperson of the ICT Administration, they have done fumigation in rural areas including Bhara Kahu, Tarlai, Sihala and others and fumigation is being carried out in these areas phase wise. According to health experts, dengue virus is endemic in Pakistan and it occurs throughout the year, but from August to the end of October dengue and malaria remained on the rise as it is considered as the breeding season for mosquitoes. Dengue fever is caused by the bite of a female mosquito. The mosquito transmits the disease by biting a person after biting an infected person. Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illness, but some can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. With dengue hemorrhagic fever, the blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth and gums. Bruising can be a sign of bleeding inside the body.

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