The larvae of ‘aedes aegypti’, the mosquito that causes dengue fever, have been found in the area of Mator in Tehsil Kahuta on Saturday that convinced the health experts and the district health department to believe that there are still chances of spread of the infection in the district.
As a part of its larvae surveillance, identification and elimination campaign, the district health department carried out a door-to-door activity in Mator three days back with the help of 100 lady health workers.
The LHWs inspected over 600 houses from inside in the area and found that as many as 36 houses were having larvae of the ‘aedes aegypti,’ said Executive District Officer (Health), Dr. Zafar Iqbal Gondal, while talking to ‘The News’.
He said that the larvae of the vector were eliminated from the houses and the residents were educated on how to eliminate breeding sites of the mosquitoes from inside their houses. “The health department also sprayed insecticide within the houses while fogging was performed in the area to ensure elimination of the larvae.”
To a query, Dr. Gondal said that there are still chances of spread of dengue fever and giving the fact due consideration, the health department is continuing its campaign against spread of the infection.
He added that the entomologists of the health department are continuously working on larvae identification and elimination activities going on in all the seven tehsils of the district and he himself is monitoring the performance of the staff on daily basis.