PESHAWAR: The Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) on Saturday extended anti-dengue and fumigation drive to all union councils with specific focus on vulnerable localities.

The company has started anti-dengue spray and fumigation in different localities since September 08 that will continue till September 30. The company also decided to chlorinate all overhead water reservoirs to keep it safe from becoming a breeding source for dengue mosquito larva.

The decision was taken during a meeting with Chief Executive Officer Dr Hassan Nasir in the chair. Besides, General Manager (Ops) Riaz Ahmad Khan and all zonal managers were also present in the meeting.

The drive was launched in all 43 union councils under the supervision of zonal managers. Each zone has prepared a plan and asked management and supervisory staff to start fumigating all localities.

The sanitation company has fumigated GT Road, Chowk Nasir Khan, Tehkal, Tajabad, University Town, Landi Arbab, Nauthia, Wazirbagh, Akhun Abad, Union Council 36 and 23 and its adjacent localities.

The chief executive officer urged the masses to adopt precautionary measures and cover water in pots and water tanks in their houses and shops and drain out water accumulated in tyres and flower pots. He also appealed them to cooperate with WSSP and tehsil municipal administrations to prevent the outbreak of dengue.

Last week, a report presented to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz showed that dengue virus had affected people in 19 districts of the province. The report said that screening of 2,828 people had so far been conducted. The report said Bajaur had reported 13 cases, Battagram five, Buner seven; 151 patients were reported from Khyber district, 19 from Mansehra, two cases were reported from Mardan, 18 from Haripur, one each from Hangu, Abbottabad, Bannu and Mohmand, two each from Swabi and Swat, and 11 cases were reported from Sufaid Dheri, Danish Abad, Canal Road and Baghbanan areas of Peshawar. The residents of Peshawar had adjoining Khyber districts had expressed grave concern over increasing dengue cases and demanded government to take timely measures before it gets out of control.

The main standard operating procedures (SOPs) against dengue include removing of stagnant water and other things which can serve as breeding places for the mosquito, and anti-mosquito fumigation to eliminate the mosquito.

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