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Islamabad and Rawalpindi Unite to Combat Dengue on Boundary Areas

Combat Dengue

ISLAMABAD: The administrations of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have joined forces to combat the spread of dengue fever in the border areas of the twin cities, announcing the formation of a collaborative working group during a meeting held on Friday.

Chaired jointly by Mohammad Ali Randhawa, Chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), and Aamir Khattak, Commissioner of Rawalpindi, the meeting was convened at the CDA headquarters to align on preventive measures against dengue, in accordance with directives from the Prime Minister and the Punjab Chief Minister.

In attendance were the Deputy Commissioners of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, along with senior officials from the CDA and relevant municipal bodies.

The decision was made to establish a specialized working group comprising personnel from CDA’s water management, environmental, and sanitation departments, alongside officials from Islamabad’s district administration.

This group will also incorporate the Managing Director of the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa), officers from the Rawalpindi Waste Management Company, and other pertinent stakeholders.

The meeting outlined a strategy for joint operations aimed at eliminating dengue breeding grounds such as graveyards, junkyards, and greenbelts situated in the border areas.

Emphasizing unified efforts, Chairman Randhawa assigned responsibility to assistant commissioners for dengue control in their respective jurisdictions, underscoring the integrated approach of Islamabad and Rawalpindi administrations in tackling the disease.

Randhawa stressed the importance of governance efficiency in executing dengue prevention measures and mandated all medical facilities in Islamabad to promptly report any dengue cases, warning of repercussions for non-compliance.

Additionally, the meeting resolved to crack down on improper disposal of construction materials, advocating proper waste management practices to curb dengue propagation.

Commissioner Aamir Khattak affirmed the commitment of both administrations to collaborate closely on dengue, as well as on other public health and civic issues.

He highlighted the development of an integrated anti-dengue plan in coordination with Islamabad, aimed at enhancing preventive actions and ensuring effective outcomes.

Recognizing the seasonal risk posed by the approaching monsoon, Commissioner Khattak urged sustained vigilance and adherence to standard operating procedures in ongoing anti-dengue operations.

He underscored community participation as crucial in maintaining clean surroundings to prevent mosquito breeding, urging the public to actively engage in the anti-dengue campaign for the collective well-being of society.

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