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Fighting Dengue Menace

10-minute cleanliness campaign launched

10-minute cleanliness campaign launched

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  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Friday urged city dwellers to attend a 10-minute cleanliness campaign today to destroy breeding grounds of Aedes in their respective households and share videos on Facebook.

He came up with the appeal while addressing a mosquito control programme at DNCC Nagar Bhaban at Gulshan-2.

Atiqul said, “The cleanliness campaign has to be turned in to a social movement and we have to attend it putting aside the shame. During the cleanliness, we have to ensure that the clogged water in containers like flower vase, old tyres, coconut shell, rooftop is removed. ”

The DNCC mayor said that he would share the video of cleanliness activities on his verified Facebook page as part of the awareness campaign.

Atiqul also urged to continue the campaign every Saturday.

“We are conducting drives at all 54 wards in 10 zones of the city corporation to prevent dengue outbreak. Besides, we have opened 44 centres for testing dengue for free while hotline numbers were launched for emergency aid,” he added.

Mentionable,  after a lull last year, dengue infections have been on the rise again with the spike of cases indicating a situation similar to that of 2019 when Bangladesh recorded over one lakh dengue cases and 179 deaths.

In May 2019, the number of dengue patients in the country was only 193, but it went up to 1,884 the next month. Then, in July, cases jumped to 16,253 before the cumulative figure stood at 1,01,354 -- the highest ever number of dengue cases in a calendar year.