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Mohakhali zone turns into hotspot for Aedes

Larvae found in 713 places 10 zones of which 228 alone are under Mohakhali zone

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mohakhali zone turns into hotspot for Aedes
A DSCC worker sprays mosquito repellents with a fogger machine on Dhaka University campus on Tuesday during a drive against mosquitoes. —SUN photo

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Gulshan, Mohakhali, Banani, Baridhara, Rampura and Malibagh which are under Mohakhali Zone of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) have turned into a hotspot for Aedes mosquitoes.

The DNCC has found the highest number of breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes in the zone every day during the ongoing drive in the last seven days.

According to the DNCC, they found Aedes larvae in 713 places under 10 zones while 228 of them alone are under Mohakhali zone. On Tuesday, 10 mobile courts of DNCC conducted drives and found Aedes larvae in 116 spots of which 37 were under Mohakhali zone.

DNCC Executive Magistrate Md Toufiqur Rahman sued three building owners and fined them Tk 40,000 for having Aedes larvae.

The larvae were discovered in 14 places under Uttara zone, four places under Mirpur-2 zone, 29 places under Mipur-4 zone, 17 places under Karwanbazar zone,  three places  under  Harirampur zone, five places under Uttarkhan zone, four places under Bhatara zone and three places under Badda  zone.

The mobile court also found congenial environment for mosquito breeding grounds at 8,383 establishments and slapped a Tk 2.82 lakh fine on 17 building owners.

On the other hand, 12 mobile courts of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) conducted drives, sued 37 residential and under-construction building owners and fined them Tk 5.26.

Meanwhile, 264 new patients were hospitalized across the country in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning amid a growing concern over spike in Dengue cases.

 The DGHS reported 1,193 dengue cases and three confirmed dengue-related deaths in 2020, reports UNB.

 According to official statistics, 101,354 dengue cases and 179 deaths were recorded in Bangladesh in 2019.

 Dengue fever was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000, claiming 93 lives that year. In the years that followed, the country learned to deal with the disease much better.

 The fatalities had almost fallen to zero at one stage, before surging again in 2018, leading to the severe outbreak the following year.