Tuesday, 26 October, 2021

No respite from dengue despite spending huge public money

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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No respite from dengue despite spending huge public money

Mosquito-borne diseases are spreading every year, increasing woes of the city-dwellers despite spending a huge amount of public money by two city corporations of Dhaka for mosquito control and surveillance activities.

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have not hesitated to raise the budget in the last few years, but residents of Dhaka have been suffering a lot from mosquito-borne diseases like Dengue and Chikungunia every year.

The DNCC allocated Tk 850 million while the DSCC Tk 267 million for the purpose in the 2021-22 fiscal year.

In the fiscal year, they have planned to purchase pesticides at Tk 450 million,  taking care of water bodies at Tk 25 million, payment for outsourcing workers Tk 27 crore, special programme and combing drive at Tk 70 million.

On other hand, the DSCC has planned to purchase pesticides at Tk  225 million will purchasing pesticide, transport fogging machines at Tk 37 million, and take care of water-bodies Tk 0.5 million.

Entomologists and masses have raised questions as the authorities concerned have failed to address the menace despite a notable allocation of budget every year.

Records show that the DNCC spent Tk 505 million in the 2020-21 fiscal year for mosquito control and surveillance activities while the DSCC had spent Tk 193 million.

Noted entomologist Manjur Ahmed Chowdhury said the expenditure was not helping control the boom of mosquito population and mosquito-borne diseases.

“There is no proper use of the expenditure because city corporations take wrong steps to control mosquito. They don’t adopt modern methodology and technology,” he said.

The DNCC spent Tk 580 million in 2019-20 fiscal year, Tk 175 million in 2018-19 fiscal year, and Tk 175 million in 2017-18.

On the other hand, the DSCC had spent Tk 257 million in the 2019-20 fiscal year, Tk 195 million in 2018-19, and Tk 139 million 2017-18 fiscal year.

Like the previous years, Aedes mosquito-borne-disease dengue has taken a tragic turn this year as 59 lives have been lost and 16,451 people have been hospitalised till September 22 as per data of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

But, DSCC Chief Executive Officer Farid Ahmed said they were spending public money.  

“Experts have apprehended that the dengue would take a serious turn this year than of 2019. But we have tackled with our regular mosquito control activities like larviciding and adulticiding. In 2019, more than 1, 52, 000 patients were hospitalised in August alone but this year we have been capable than 12, 0000.”

He said that the success came for continuing combing drive against Aedes mosquito despite there had been congenital weather for mosquito breeding.

“The 75 percent success on Aedes control depends on public awareness while 25 percent on pesticide. So our residents have to be aware,” the DSCC CEO also said.

He claimed that the money was spent in the proper way and for the benefit of the city dwellers.

DNCC Chief Health Officer Md Zobaidur Rahman said, “The mosquito control and surveillance activities do not depend on financial issues.  Beside the responsibility of the city corporation, our people have to be aware to keep it under control.”