Mosquito menace turns severe in city | 2018-01-06 |

Mosquito menace turns severe in city

Ahamed Ullah

6 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Mosquito menace turns severe in city

Hatirjheel Lake in the capital has turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The photo was taken on Friday. — SUN PHOTO

Residents in the capital  have been suffering severe mosquito menace since the beginning of winter.

Many city dwellers fear a comeback of chikungunya and dengue due to large-scale breeding of mosquitoes in the winter.

City corporation officials, however, say that the recent rise in mosquito breeding is not a threat to the people.

Special measures  have been taken to prevent mosquito breeding in the capital, they said.

Mosquito menace is acute particularly in Banasree, Khilgaon, Motijheel, Mirpur, Pallabi, Dholaikhal, Gendaria, Meer Hazaribagh, Jatrabari, Dholpur, Shyampur, Kamrangirchar, Sutrapur, Mohammadpur, Moghbazar, Maniknagar, Basaboo, Kamalapur, Mugda, Sayedabad, Rampura, Badda, Mohakhali, Kuril, Hazaribagh, Rayerbazar and adjacent areas in the capital.

Residents of the city’s posh areas like Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Uttara and Dhanmondi are also suffering the problem by tiny tirants.

DSCC and DNCC officials admitted that the mosquito menace has become acute as it always does in the winter every year.

Murad Hossain, a businessman from Basaboo, said they are suffering mosquito menace which is becoming unbearable day by day. “We fear a comeback of the mosquito-borne diseases. Earlier, my family members had suffered from Chikungunya,” he added.

Many city dwellers alleged two city corporations spend crores of taka every year on prevending mosquito breeding in the capital. Besides, city dwellers also have to spend a lot on  purchase of mosquito repellents. The spread of mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue and Chikungunya, has increased in the last few years, some city dwellers said.

Hasan Pavel, a resident of Mirpur, said people find it difficult to stay at homes without using  mosquito coils or spraying aerosol. Mosquito menace increased manifold in recent weeks.

Brig Gen Sheikh Salahuddin, Chief Health Officer of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), told the daily sun: “Mosquito menace intensifies during winter as water flow remains low in the season due  to little rain. So  water bodies in the capital turn breeding ground for mosquito.”

“We carried out a special anti-mosquito drive from December 28 to January 3. Besides, we  conducted regular drives in the breeding grounds,” he added.

Currently there are 246 mosquito fogging machines and 370 manual machines for use in the Dhaka South City Corporation area, DSCC sources said.

A total of 328 staff are engaged in mosquito control drive in Dhaka North City Corporation area, sources concerned said.

Brig Gen Md Zakir Hassan, Chief Health Officer of DNCC, said,  “An anti-mosquito crash programme has been launched due to a rise in the mosquito breeding.”

“We  conducted two-week special anti-mosquito drives from December 24 to rid the city dwellers of the menace,” he added.

Besides, there were 2,153 bighas of water bodies in DNCC area, of which 900 bighas have been cleaned. Other water bodies have also been cleaned, Zakir Hassan said.

DNCC sources said the North City Corporation currently has 200 mosquito fogging machines and the process is underway for purchasing another 100 mosquito fogging machines. A total of 284 staff are engaged in mosquito control work in DNCC areas.