Dengue rears its ugly head

rawalpindi -  Dengue is raising its ugly head in Model Town Humak and its adjoining areas, sources informed The Nation yesterday.

As many as 6 new cases were reported in Model Town, Humak, New Abadi, Aara and Humak village, they said.

The dengue patients have been brought to different hospitals including Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH), Pakistan Navy Hospital (PNS) Hafeez and others for medical treatment where their condition is told to be critical, sources said.

Out of 6 patients, three dengue patients were identified as Zubaida Begum (70), Khuwaja Aslam (60) and Naheema Bibi (55), sources said.

The authorities concerned refused to offer any comment over the alarming situation.

The residents of the dengue affected areas protested against the apathy of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Health Office high-ups for not taking concrete steps to overwhelm the dengue larva that made the whole population scared.

According to sources, dengue has been raising its ugly head in residential areas of Humak, Model Town, New Abadi, Aara and Humak Village affecting many males, females and the children. They said no fogging was carried out in these areas while the drains are open and rusty sewerage pipes causing leakage of sewerage water in many places are facilitating the growth of mosquitoes.

Talking to The Nation, a local Amir Khan said dangerous dengue has affected so many people so far while the district health office of ICT is paying no heed towards the alarming situation. He said several complaints were lodged with the authority concerned by the locals regarding outbreak of dengue but all in vain.

Faisal Ahmed, a resident of Model Town was of the view that the authority concerned carried out fumigation in some areas to prove that they did not sit idle. “But half-hearted attempt can never make difference; instead a well-coordinated plan leading to kill dengue is the need of hour,” he said. He urged the district health office to launch fumigation campaign in the area to bar outbreak of dengue.

Many other locals complained that their areas were not fogged and they urged Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to take action against Chief Commissioner Islamabad and officials of ICT DHO for showing negligence towards spread of dengue.

District Health Officer Muhammad Tahir, however, when approached by this reporter for his official version regarding alarming situation in the said areas disconnected the call saying, “We have set up a Dengue Control Cell having landline number 051-9261161. Call on this number and get further details.”

Nobody received calls made by this correspondent on the landline number provided by the DHO.

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