The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Tuesday launched a tentative ‘combing drive’ to destroy Aedes mosquitoes in Guslhan-Banani area in the capital.
Bishwo Shahitto Kendro chief Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed inaugurated the programme at Shahid Fazle Rabbi Park in Gulshan-1 on Tuesday.DNCC tentatively started the combing drive with 18 no. ward.
Speaking at the programme DNCC mayor Atiqul Islam said, “We will visit every residence of citizens to search whether there has any mosquito larvae inside. If we find mosquito larvae inside the residence we will warn and shut cautionary sticker in the houses that reads “mosquito larvae is found in this house”.
“I hope after first warning, the city dwellers will correct themselves. We will visit the hosue after 7-10 days. If we find the same again, we will take action against them,” he also said.
The 36 wards of Dhaka North have been divided into 10 sections, each with 10 sub-sections. The drive to annihilate Aedes mosquito larvae will run for two and a half hours every day over the next 20 days.
The DNCC plans to expand its operation to 18 new wards.
The mayor urged the councillors of Dhaka North’s 54 wards to make the operation a success. As many as 1,600 trained workers with 200 fogging machines took part in the operation. But if Aedes larvae are discovered in public and private offices, and commercial buildings, the owners will be fined instantly, he said.Speaking at the inaugural progarmme, Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed said: “If we can destroy aedes mosquitoes, we will destroy its breeding ground. If we can destroy the breeding ground of the mosquitoes, we can be a clean person, and then we can be an enlightened person also.”
Chief executive officer of DNCC Md Abdul Hai, secretary of Rabindra Sri Barua, chief health officer Brig Gen Md Momimur Rahman Mamun, chief waste management officer Md Manzur Hossain and others attended the programme.