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AFP
October 20, 2010
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Civic bodies contribute to spread of epidemics

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AFP
October 20, 2010

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Rawalpindi
The municipal authorities of the city as well as cantonment areas have a big contribution in spreading different epidemic diseases among the residents by not lifting heaps of garbage scattered all around in the city.
These heaps of garbage not only creating diseases among the citizens but big rats and mongooses (Nevlas) also frequently enter nearby residences and schools creating panic among children and women. The residents of the cantonment areas are also crying for the removal of garbage on daily basis to avoid epidemic diseases while the concerned authorities put blame on each other saying that it was not the jurisdiction of city or cantonment board area.
Heaps of garbage could be seen in the city areas including Chaman Zar, Nadeem Colony, Dhoke Elahi Bakhsh, Rehmatabad, Pirwadhai, Mohallah Chah Sultan, Pindora, Satellite Town, Dhoke Ratta, Dhoke Mangtal, Mohanpura, Mukha Singh Estate and some other localities in cantonment areas like Dhoke Syedan, Chungi No22, Tench Bhatta, Scheme-III, Al-Mumtaz Colony at Adiala Road, Chur and some other areas.
Talking to ‘The News’ locals said that concerned civic bodies are not taking interest in lifting of garbage that breeding mosquitoes and other insects while big rats and mongooses frequently roam in nearby residential areas. They complained that children are suffering from fever because of ever-increasing garbage dumps in the city and cantonment areas.
Fatima Batool, a school principal, told ‘The News’ that big rats and mongooses are creating panic among minor students. “Concerned authorities should direct the sanitation staff to remove the garbage on daily basis,” she said.
District Headquarter Hospital Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr. Zafar Mehmood said that high number of patients suffering from fever visiting the hospital daily.
District Officer Municipal Services Dr. Mazhar Azeem said that their sanitation teams continuously lifting garbage from different points in the

city. “We start lifting garbage early in the morning everyday but some areas that do not fall in the jurisdiction of the city area garbage remains dumped there,” he said.
Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) Secretary Amanullah Khan said that they are trying to remove garbage to keep the cantonment clean. Municipal teams of RCB are working day and night to remove garbage from the cantonment board areas, he said. He also said that they are spraying the area after removing garbage on daily basis.

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