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October 3, 2016

4 UCs in federal capital badly hit by dengue fever outbreak

Islamabad

October 3, 2016

110 cases in last five days take tally to 255; ICT Health Department,CDA and Mayer office plans a training workshop

Islamabad

Dengue fever outbreak has hit population in at least four union councils falling in rural areas of the federal capital from where not less than 110 more confirmed cases of the infection have been reported in last five days taking total number of cases so far reported from the four UCs to 255.

The four union councils badly hit by dengue fever outbreak include Rawat, Tarlai, Sohan and Tarnol.

According to details, as many as 63 confirmed cases of dengue fever have been reported from UC Rawat in last five days, 26 from UC Tarlai, 15 from UC Sohan and six from UC Tarnol.

To date, a total of 112 confirmed cases of dengue fever have been reported from Rawat, 68 from Tarlai, 56 from Sohan and 19 from Tarnol while only 26 cases of the infection have been reported from another seven union councils of the ICT rural area including Tumair, Sihala, Koral, Shah Allah Ditta, Huree, Kirpa and Bhara Kahu.

It is important that a young boy aged 24, who was a student of a dental college and a resident of UC Tarlai in the federal capital died of dengue fever at Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi some five days back.

Islamabad Capital Territory Health Department is fully vigilant and is closely monitoring the rising number of dengue fever cases especially in rural areas of the federal capital particularly the four most badly hit UCs including Rawat, Tarlai, Sohan and Tarnol, said Additional District Health Officer at ICT health department Dr. Muhammad Najeeb Durrani while talking to ‘The News’ on Sunday.

Keeping in view the rising number of dengue fever cases in ICT rural areas, the ICT Health Department, CDA and Mayer office has planned a training workshop on Monday (today) for field staff to strengthen dengue surveillance and response further in high-risk areas, he said.

“On the directive of PS to Prime Minister in a meeting held on 29th September 2016, the advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Dr Waseem had been tasked to train the manpower at Pak-China Centre and the training would be imparted to as many as 450 personnel of ICT health department and CDA,” said Dr. Durrani.

He said for effective response to the dengue fever spread in ICT especially the rural Islamabad, the ICT Health Department has raised its manpower to 96 and CDA has provided 75 additional workers for outdoor surveillance. Over 300 lady health workers have already been in the field for carrying out activities to prevent dengue fever from further spread, he said.

He said the Mayer and Chairman CDA has accepted to grace the occasion on Monday in the grand training session for training of 450 personnel of ICT and CDA in Dengue Surveillance and Response especially for the indoor and outdoor surveillance to detect and destroy active larvae breeding sites, Insecticidal Residual Spray and fumigation.

He said the two-hour joint training session would start at 10a.m. on Monday at Pak-China Centre. The Chief Commissioner ICT and Deputy Commissioner and Director Health are also being requested to grace the session. The entire field staff of health department including Malaria National Programme and Sanitation will participate in the training, said Dr. Durrani.

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