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Dengue prevention campaign being launched in Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD -- District Health Department Islamabad has decided to launch public health eduction campaign in the rural areas of Islamabad in order to create awareness in the rural community about taking effective preventive measures against the dengue virus.

Lady health workers will visit door to door to educate the local community about taking preventive measures against the dengue virus, an official source said.

He said that anti mosquito spray at the potential breeding places was also underway in the rural area of Islamabad. He informed that the health workers are specially focusing on creating awareness and effective preventive measures by the local community.

People were being educated about keeping the environment clean and discard all unwanted items getting gathered around the living area to avoid breeding of mosquitos. He said that citizens may prevent dengue by taking steps which include, wearing long sleeves clothes and keeping them well covered when especially outside. They may also apply insect repellent during the active time of mosquito which is 2 hours after sunrise and few hours before sunset.

Citizens may also install screen on windows and doors. All the containers including buckets and other canes in homes should be properly covered with lids and water should not be kept open in the homes. Water stores should be kept closed. Peoples may stay away from bushes and tree shades while all drains may be kept free from choking.

He told that anti mosquito spray may be supportive but the most effective step is prevention, therefore, our main focus is on effective preventive measures through public health education drive to prevent the dengue.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Aug 31, 2012
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