LAHORE: Key residential societies in the metropolis have taken progressive measures to prevent spread of dengue and malaria among their residents in view of the ongoing dengue epidemic across the provincial capital.
DHA Lahore administration is taking progressive measures to protect their residents by organizing day and night fumigation campaigns across the society.
DHA spokesperson Tajumal Hussain told Daily Times that only a few cases of dengue fever had been reported from the community and that no death had been reported so far because of the strict measures that the administration had taken in the locality. He said that DHA had asked all residents to drain their swimming pools, small ponds or water tanks in their houses and had asked them to take other measures such as preventing stagnation of water in kitchens, bathrooms, lawns and other areas.
He said that authorities had also shut down all swimming pools, fountains and ponds present in different clubs and community centres in the locality to avoid spread of mosquitoes causing both dengue and malaria.
Tajumal added that DHA had set up four sample collection labs in different parts of the facility, namely Masjid Chowk, XX sector phase 3, Sector W and Wateen square phase 5. He said that these labs were operational 24/7 and were collecting around 300 blood samples everyday without distinguishing between DHA residents and non-residents. He said that the DHA administration had also provided ambulances with these labs and that they immediately shift patients to nearby hospitals if they find anyone having dengue fever. He said that all these facilities were free and that the residents were also playing a great role in preventing this epidemic from spreading in the locality.
Model Town Society President Col (r) Tahir Kardar told Daily Times that the society administration had developed a special facility to collect samples from suspected dengue patients. He added that Model Town Hospital would soon obtain platelet-counting machines to further facilitate the citizens.
He said that dengue mostly spread in the area due to thick greenery and massive rainfall this year and that the residents picked up the problem soon and were now avoiding washing their cars, as well as having closed down their swimming pools and other open water storage facilities to prevent a spread of the disease.
Cantonment board authorities also told Daily Times that they were organising a fumigation campaign in their areas while using other preventive measures to prevent the epidemic.
They were of the view that it was difficult for the government to cope with this phenomenon without the help of citizens, who were now gaining awareness about the disease and its causes through sensitising campaigns by the media.
They said that the Cantt administration was also cutting grass and removing objects from different areas that could serve as potential mosquito havens. Government authorities have yet to fumigate other parts of the city, including some areas of Iqbal Town, Township, Walled City, Shahdara, Ichhra Mozang, Mughalpura, Baghbanpura, Tajpura, Harbanspura and many other congested areas.