The City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) appears to have neglected the rural areas of the Rawalpindi district in its campaign to eradicate the dengue virus.
This has also been indicated by the arrival of a dengue patient who arrived from the rural areas to a government-run hospital. Khadim arrived at the Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) from Bagh Sangarn, in the Tarrahiya union council on Thursday.
He has been working as a labourer and living in the city for over a month.
His arrival exposed the performance of the health department, which claims to have deputed 121 teams in Potohar Town`s 37 UCs.
However, on the ground, the health department has 68 teams for its indoor anti-dengue campaign and 35 teams for outdoor areas in 16 UCs.
In a meeting on Thursday with District Coordination Officer (DCO) Talat Mehmood Gondal, health officials painted a rosy picture.
“The health department failed to give details of patients and anti-dengue measures in 21 UCs in Potohar Town, and presented a report limited to 62 UCs in the city areas,” a senior health official told Dawn.
“From March to May, eight dengue patients were reported at the Holy Family Hospital, and six at BBH. But according to the health department`s list, only 11 patients were reported at government-run hospitals,” he said.
In Rawalpindi, two students died after drowning in a mini-dam while a labourer was killed in a road accident on Thursday, police said.
According to police and emergency services, four students of 8th class from Riasat Colony at Chakri Road went to the mini-dam in the area on a picnic.
As the four boys started swimming, two of them drowned.
The deceased were identified as Sartaj Malik, 13, and Ali Raza, 15. The bodies were recovered by divers and handed over to their families.
In another incident, Mohammad Aslam, 35, a labourer, was killed and four other people riding a tractor-trolley were injured when a car rammed into it on Airport Road.
Abdul Rasheed complained to the Airport police that he along with Mukhtiar Ahmed, 20, Mohammad Aslam, 21, Mohammad Jehangir, 20, and Mohammad Irfan were injured when the car hit them.
He said Aslam died of head injuries on the spot while the other injured were taken to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital where one of them was in a critical condition.
The police registered a case against the car driver, who escaped from the scene.