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23 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 January, 2019 11:59:36 PM
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Intensify mosquito eradicating drive

Mosquito menace has become a global problem in recent times. The enormity of the problem becomes so severe some times that it causes a lot of panic. Mosquitoes dominate everywhere in the country including the capital city Dhaka. There is no dearth of places filled with garbage and other things for mosquitoes to breed in their thousands.

According to a report of this newspaper yesterday, with the mosquito menace having reached an intolerable level in the capital, the city dwellers are blaming the authorities concerned for their lacklustre efforts. Some residents in the city said that instead of adopting any systematic approach, both DNCC and DSCC have taken a few ad hoc measures in curbing the increasing nuisance wrecked by mosquitoes. The authorities are alleged to have often seen spraying mosquito repellent in the area, but they are almost never seen working to root out the cause of the problem. However, the authorities refuted the blame.

Flooded floors all around and plastic buckets, discarded tyres, plastic drums, flower tubs, clay pots, water tanks, paint pots, plastic mugs and metal buckets left here and there are the breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes. The survey conducted in 41 sites in DNCC and 59 sites in DSCC areas found them most vulnerable for mosquito breeding. The two city corporations have reportedly spent Tk. 131 crore in the last five years for mosquito control. But what is the outcome? There is an allegation that although the government sanctioned adequate budgetary allocation to prevent the mosquito menace in the capital in the past, there was no major visible headway in this connection.   

Chikungunya is spread by female Aedes mosquitoes that bite during the daytime. The virus is transmitted from human to human by the bites of infected female mosquitoes. The sources of mosquito breeding centres should be identified and stopped immediately. Garbage and trash piled up here and there should be cleaned to halt breeding of mosquitoes. Bushes in different places are also contributing to rise in mosquito population. It is the responsibility of all concerned to keep places around them neat and clean. There should be transparency and accountability in the works done. Creation of massive awareness can help a lot in this regard.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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