MULTAN: Over 500 staffers of health department were engaged in door-to-door surveillance of dengue larva in the district.
This was stated by Director Health Services Multan Division, Dr Fahim Javid, while talking to APP here on Monday. He said, if larva was found at anywhere inside a house during the surveillance, Inter Residual spray (IRS) was conducted while in case it is found outside, fogging was carried out.
He added that they had marked Union Councils (UCs) as red, where larva and patients both were found, yellow where only larva was spotted and green UC stands for an area without dengue larva or patient.
“In Red UC, five teams, and in Yellow UC four teams are working,” Dr Fahim said and added that Talbia fish had also been put in large ponds in the city by fisheries department to eat dengue larva.
About the number of confirmed dengue cases so far, the Director Health services informed that 182 patients had been tested positive since January this year to date, out of total 350 suspected cases.
Dr Fahim stated that Shershah Town, the worst hit town in the city with 75 positive cases while Bosan Town stood second with around 40 confirmed cases being treated.
On October 18 (Sunday), 18 dengue cases were tested positive which is the highest number so far since the dengue virus has detected in Multan, he said.
Health education, media and awareness campaigns have forced people to get themselves examined for dengue suspicion in case of suffering fever, Director Health Services informed.