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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pakistan : Dengue control - ‘No effective measures have been taken so far’

Via The Express Tribune, excerpt :

" As Punjab reels under the impact of dengue fever, a resident of Rawalpindi has moved the Lahore High Court (LHC), asking the city district government to ensure that residents are safe from dengue virus.

LHC Rawalpindi Bench Justice Saghir Ahmed Qadri directed Additional Advocate General on Wednesday to seek a response from the district government on a petition filed by Advocate GM Chaudhry within a week.

The petitioner, a resident of Dhoke Gangal, near Benazir Bhutto International Airport, has cited District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rawalpindi, Commissioner Rawalpindi Division and Punjab Chief Secretary as respondents. The petitioner maintained that the dengue outbreak has been wreaking havoc with life in Lahore and the authorities in Rawalpindi have not done enough to prevent the menace. No fumigation has been carried out in the area around his residence near the airport.

He added every citizen of the country has a right to live in a healthy and safe atmosphere, but inaction on the part of the district authorities has put lives of the citizens of Rawalpindi at stake, as the prevalence of the virus is going out of control."

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