RAWALPINDI, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – July 31, 2022): The district administration issued 3,662 notices and fined Rs 1,432,500 to various violators for not following standard operating procedures (SOPs) anti- dengue fever from January 1 to present.
Dr. Sajjad Mehmood, District Epidemic Prevention and Control Coordinator (DCEPC), while giving details of the punitive actions, informed that the district administration had registered 591 FIRs, sealed 233 premises and issued challans to 746 for violation of SOPs in various areas of the district.
He added that 1,334 anti-dengue fever teams during indoor surveillance from January 1 to date have checked 4,303,327 houses and found dengue fever larvae in 14,954 houses. Likewise, he informed that 597 teams during the outdoor surveillance inspected 1,752,596 spots and detected larvae in 1,782 places.
Meanwhile, Dr Sajjad informed that about 24 confirmed cases have been reported in the district this year, including 12 from urban area of Potohar town, four from Kahutta, three from Rawalpindi Cantonment, two from Municipality from Rawalpindi and one each from Chaklala cantonment, Gujjar. Rural areas of the cities of Khan and Potohar.
Dr. Sajjad informed that dengue control activities were also carried out in the private housing companies, whether registered with the RDA, cooperatives or unregistered housing companies.
The health official added that the current period of rains has increased the threat of mosquito breeding which needs to be tackled urgently, while the Pakistan Meteorological Department forecast more rains next week.
Dr. Sajjad informed that puddles, which stagnate due to rain, become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and spread diseases like malaria and dengue fever.
He urged residents to use mosquito nets or repellents like mats and coils to avoid the bite of the leech.