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    Meeting to Review Dengue Situation in Islamabad held on directions of SAPM on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza

    Chitral Times Report

     

    ISLAMABAD: On directions of Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza, a meeting was convened in the Ministry of National Health Services under the chair of Secretary Health Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik to review the dengue situation in Islamabad. The meeting was attended by Director General Health, heads of major hospitals in Islamabad, District Health Officers of Islamabad Capital Territory, CDA and related health institutions in the federal capital. As the outset, Secretary Health expressed the importance of working in close coordination to address the dengue challenge effectively. There was high level of commitment amongst the stakeholders, he added. The meeting was briefed in detail by District Health Officer ICT Dr. Najeeb Durrani and Dr. Iqbal Afridi from CDA Health Directorate on measures being taken in Islamabad regarding Dengue Prevention and Control. DHO ICT shared that an Action Plan on Dengue has been prepared and is being implemented. The actions being taken include Identifying and destroying mosquito breeding sites, covering open drinking water containers, removal of tyres, Shoppers, Plastic Bottles and other wastes from roofs, draining water from room coolers and trays of refrigerators, formation of six teams of sanitary inspectors and malaria supervisors, formation of 136 teams of lady health workers The meeting was informed that there was daily sharing of dengue cases reports by all major hospitals in Islamabad whereas daily meetings of ADHO with field staff are being held. 714 hotspots for dengue in ICT and 2,206 hotspots in CDA are being given special attention. These include junkyards, tyre shops, water bodies etc. In addition public awareness drive has been launched to educate the residents on the prevention of Dengue.

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