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Islamabad authorities ordered ‘strict’ implementation of anti-dengue plan

CDA informed that an anti-dengue working group is established
Representational image. Reuters
Representational image. Reuters

Pakistan Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi has ordered Islamabad authorities that standard operating procedures for preventing dengue fever be strictly implemented.

This order is issued due to nine cases of dengue, which have been reported in Islamabad, ahead of the upcoming monsoon season starting next week.

“The anti-dengue plan formulated should be implemented diligently,” the interior minister said.

Naqvi also emphasized on ‘rapid drainage of rainwater from low-lying areas’ to be taken care of.

The Chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) informed Naqvi that an anti-dengue working group is being established in the boundary areas between Islamabad and the neighboring city of Rawalpindi.

The administrations of the two cities will work collaboratively as a team to carry out dengue prevention efforts in these border regions.

Dengue fever is a viral illness spread by mosquitoes, and it can be life-threatening in its most severe form. Common symptoms include intense flu-like illness, severe headaches, eye pain, body aches, high fever, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes, and skin rashes.

The first dengue-related death in Pakistan this year was reported on June 3 in the southern Sindh province. Currently, there is no cure or vaccine available for dengue fever.

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