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‘Make mosquito control pesticide available’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Make mosquito control pesticide available’

Local Government, Rural Development, and Co-operatives Minister Tazul Islam on Wednesday called for making mosquito control pesticide available on the market to curb mosquito menace.

“Earlier, only one company could import mosquito control pesticide. Now, some companies are importing the pesticide, as the government has opened it for all. We will take necessary measures so that pesticide becomes available in shops for sale,” Tazul said this while addressing the 12th inter-ministerial meeting on the prevention of mosquito-borne disease at the secretariat in the capital.   

Unveiling a national guideline on vector management for all organizations at the programme, Tazul said that the government is also working to prepare an integrated vector management plan.

“The rains have started early this year in comparing to last year and the rainfall is also higher. As a result, rainwater remains stagnant in different places which have created the ideal environment for Aedes,” he said.

Tazul said the educational institutions have become a source of Aedes mosquitoes as these have been remained closed and untidy for a long time. He urged the authorities concerned to take measures to clean the institutions.

Speaking at the programme, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh claimed that only 40 percent of total patients in Dhaka are from the DSCC area.

“We have got the data of 5,444 dengue patients from the Directorate General of Health Services. Analysing the data we have found that only 1,832 patients, meaning 40 percent, are from Dhaka south area. We have got many patients who came from outside Dhaka,” Taposh said.

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam said that they are preparing an integrated vector management plan to control Aedes.

“We are preparing a plan for the integrated vector management so that we can continue our activities throughout the year. We will send it to the LGRD ministry soon for approval,” Atiqul said.