Amid growing mosquito menace, authorities of both the city corporations of Dhaka have chalked out elaborate programmes to tackle dengue in its peak time (monsoon period) from June to October.
Sources at Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) said that they would start drive soon to destroy the vector of the dengue, Aedes mosquito.Experts said the period from June to October is the crucial time for rising dengue cases and meanwhile, the population of aedes mosquito has risen in the capital.
Professor of Entomology of Jahangirnagar University Kabirul Bashar said, “In the beginning of the monsoon, the population of Aedes mosquito has risen in the capital. Now, the city authorities and also its dwellers have to collect and destroy the fresh water containers and drive hotspots to tackle dengue.”
Deputy Chief Health Officer of DNCC Golam Mostafa said that they would start the anti-mosquito drive with a massive awareness campaign simultaneously at all zones under the corporation on Saturday.
Mostafa said, “This time we have focused on two things which are major spots for aedes breeding; under-construction building and the building owned by different authorities and the place of WASA water meter; will be monitored strictly.”
“We will also collect some fresh water containers where aedes grow like the shells of coconut and the old tyres left at bus stopovers. Besides, we will strengthen our spray of pesticide at the hotspots of adult mosquito and larvae.”
DNCC Chief Health Officer Zobaidur Rahman said they have sent messages to the owners of establishments where the mosquito larvae and breeding grounds were found last year.“If we find the mosquito larvae in a house during the drive, we will put a sticker that reads ‘Mosquito larvae are found in this house’ which will be a matter of social stigma. We have to follow the path to discourage mosquito breeding,” Zobaidur said.
He said the health department will work jointly with waste management department to tackle the dengue. DSCC officials said they emphasised the need for cleanliness programme in reserve areas of different authorities and cleanliness of inlet points of surface and storm water drainages.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Friday said that they would strengthen the regular spray of pesticide to destroy the larvae and aedes mosquito.
He said, “We will conduct mobile court from June 1 in the city corporation areas to ensure cleanliness and destroy the breeding grounds of Aedes. We have imported new pesticides to control mosquito if existing pesticide proves ineffective.”
He also said that they have asked some authorities like railway, public works and TNT to ensure cleanliness in their respective areas.