POST TIME: 13 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
HC forms judicial probe body over dengue ‘failure’
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HC forms judicial probe body over dengue ‘failure’

The High Court yesterday formed a two-member judicial probe committee to find out the reason behind the failure to control the dengue and Chikungunya across the country. The committee will be headed by a judge of Dhaka District and Sessions Judge’s Court while the another member will be a joint secretary of the local government ministry. The committee will conduct probe in order to find out the negligence of the authorities and the causes for their failure in controlling Aedes mosquito breeding. The committee has been asked to submit its probe report by January 15 next year, according to the HC order. The HC bench comprising Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir Lytton

came up with the order during hearing a suo motu rule in this regard. The HC bench also directed the committee members to take experts’ opinion from the representatives of Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, ICDDR,B, department of health services and two professors from Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University.

During yesterday’s hearing, Deputy Attorney General Kazi Mainul Hasan submitted a report of the health ministry to the HC bench in line with its previous directive.

In the report health ministry said that 112 people have died so far in dengue fever across the country this year.

Earlier on November 6, the HC bench sought information by November 11 on this year’s total number of deaths by dengue across the country.

The HC came up with the order after the two city corporations of Dhaka filed petition seeking time to submit report about progress of steps to control the spread of dengue.