A municipal worker fumigates a street in Naurang Town, Lakki Marwat, on Thursday. — Dawn
A municipal worker fumigates a street in Naurang Town, Lakki Marwat, on Thursday. — Dawn

LAKKI MARWAT: The health department has intensified efforts to execute a plan to prevent the spread of dengue here.

An official of the department told Dawn on Thursday that a comprehensive plan had been formulated to control dengue and vector-borne diseases with the support and consultation of the district administration and other stakeholders.

“There is a high risk of dengue spread here after the recent spell of heavy rain and weather change,” he said.

The official said the health department was fully alert to the situation and had made necessary arrangements for the successful execution of the dengue control plan.

Jamil Khan, an entomologist at the district health office, said municipal administrations had been provided with insecticides for fumigating the respective areas.

“Municipal workers have conducted fumigation in urban and rural parts of Lakki Marwat, Ghaznikhel and Naurang tehsils to kill mosquito larvae,” he said.

The official said a large quantity of larvicides was sprayed in sewers.

He said as part of the awareness drive, employees of civic bodies distributed pamphlets and handbills highlighting dengue symptoms and ways and means to prevent and treat the mosquito-borne disease.

The official said DHO Dr Abdugul was in contact with education officials to launch anti-dengue awareness activities in schools.

He asked people to take preventive measures against dengue.

Meanwhile, Bannu deputy commissioner Shah Saud has notified the new roti rates after the reduction of flour price by the provincial government.

An official told Dawn that a roti of 100 grams would be sold for Rs15 and that of 200 grams for Rs20.

He said the price was revised on the recommendation of the price review committee and in consultation with the local nanbai association.

The official said nanbais would prominently display roti price rates in their shops.

He said the administration had directed naanbais to have digital scales to enable customers to know roti’s weight.

“Restaurant and hotel owners will also provide roti of notified weight and rate to customers,” he said.

Published in Dawn, April 19th, 2024

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