Noted entomologists have suggested active participation of local ward councillors and residents in the Aedes source reduction activities to combat dengue menace in the capital.
They made the suggestion as the number of dengue cases is rising day by day in the capital.
According to the report of the Directorate General of Health Services, a total of 2,090 dengue patients were hospitalised in July while it was 272 in June, 43 in May, three in April, 13 in March, nine in February and 32 in January.
Noted Entomologist Kabirul Bashar, a professor of Zoology Department of Jahangirnagar University said, “Mayors of the two city corporations of Dhaka are playing active roles which are not enough for controlling the vectors of dengue. Local ward councillors will have to lead the mosquito source reduction activities, involving local residents in the tasks.”
He also said it will not be possible to make the anti-mosquito campaign a success without active participation of local ward councillors.
Kabirul urged the mayors of Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation to assign councillors to ensure cleanliness of their respective areas and spray pesticide properly.
He said, “The city corporations should also operate an emergency central monitoring system to control mosquito eradicating activities under the leadership of the mayors. They should collect reports from ward councillors.”
Echoing Kabirul’s words, Entomologist GM Saifur Rahman, a teacher of Zoology Department of National University said, “The city corporations should strengthen mosquito control activities in the active cluster of Aedes mosquitoes because they don't have adequate manpower and equipment to cover a huge area.”
He underscored the need for strengthening protection of dengue patients to stop transmission of the disease and spraying pesticide properly to destroy the breeding grounds of Aedes.
“The dengue patients must be protected from bites of mosquitoes to check the transmission of dengue to other people,” he added.
Entomologist Manjur A Chowdhury said the deterioration in dengue situation is the result of the lack of integrated mosquito management plan which is needed to be chalked out well before the dengue season.
Manjur A Chowdhury, also former President of Zoological Society of Bangladesh said, “When the dengue situation deteriorates, the city corporations wake up from napping, but it is not possible to control dengue in this way. The mosquito control activities are dependent on chemical use, but they should follow integrated management.”