Islamabad: According to a piece of recent news, irregular cleaning of various-sized garbage dumpsters, which have been built on almost every street in Islamabad, has become a chronic annoyance for residents of the capital, who are forced to breathe foul odors emanating from the garbage trolleys.

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Those waste bins, stuffed with organic and inorganic waste, are now mosquito breeding grounds, posing a significant health risk to the residents who have demanded action thus pointing out sanitation department personnel’s unexplained visits to their neighbourhood.

Dr. Qasim Raza, a health expert, told this organisation that sustainable solid waste management is critical to the prevention of vector-borne diseases, especially in urban environments that favour urban vectors such as Aedes species.

He demanded that the dumpsters be cleaned as soon as possible, warning that the foul odour of garbage contaminated the air, spreading respiratory and skin diseases to people in the neighbourhood.

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When contacted by the CDA Sanitation Department, an official source said that despite scarce resources, all attempts were being made to ensure the cleanliness of the Federal Capital. When asked for more details, he said he didn’t have permission to talk to the media. Despite several attempts, CDA Director of Sanitation Sardar Zimri, who is well-liked by the media, could not be approached.

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