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October 31, 2010

Rounds of fogging in 180 localities of Rawalpindi completed


Web Desk
October 31, 2010

District Health Department claimed to have completed four rounds of fogging in at least 142 localities here in city area while two rounds in 40 localities in rural areas of the district to make its claim true on eradicating dengue fever from the district.
The District Health Department has claimed on October 26 that the current spike of dengue fever would be completely under control and there would be no case of dengue fever in the district after two weeks.
“Four rounds of fogging in 142 localities in city area have been completed while in over 80 villages, we have completed two rounds of fogging for elimination of mosquito ‘Aedes Aegypti’, the vector that causes dengue fever,” claimed District Health Officer Dr Khalid Randhawa, while talking to ‘The News’.
He also claimed to have completed insecticidal residual spray in the homes from where confirmed cases of the infection were reported. “We did spray in at least 20 houses surrounding the one from where case was reported,” he said and added that a total of nearly 500 houses have been covered under the current campaign against dengue fever.
On health education, he said that banners carrying literature regarding prevention and control on dengue fever have been put on display along almost all busy roads of the town. “We have displayed banners in all the 98 Basic Health Units of the district and also we have started distributing a handbill carrying guidelines to prevent the infection among patients visiting the BHUs.”
To a query, he said that his department has already achieved tremendous results of the ongoing campaign, only within the first four days. “Within past four days, not a single case has been reported from the localities in which we have finalised fogging.”
Dr Randhawa also claimed that at the healthcare facilities across district, the influx of suspected patients of dengue fever belonging to Rawalpindi has been reduced by 60 per cent. He said that

his office has already completed the activity regarding prevention from the disease in all high-risk areas of the town and district.
“Our decision of performing multiple rounds of fogging in the areas from where cases were reported earlier yielded the desired results as no new case from any of such areas has been reported after the activity,” he said. He added that his office is working out a strategy following the same line of action for the next year.
“I am still confident that within next 10 days, we would be able to completely control the recent spike of the infection,” said Dr Randhawa while responding to a query.
He appealed to general public through media to take all possible preventive measures at both community and individual level to help eradicate dengue fever from the district. He opined that local representatives and public notables can play a significant role in educating population in their areas of influence on prevention and control of the infection.

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