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22 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Curbing mosquito menace brooks no delay

It is encouraging to note that Khulna City Corporation (KCC) authorities recently started a crash programme to reduce the mosquito menace in its region. As part of the programme, the KCC will spray insecticide including both adulticide and larvacide to kill mosquitoes and destroy its larva.

Not only in Khulna, 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. Mosquito menace seems to have reached an intolerable level in different towns and cities of the country.

Some residents said that instead of adopting any systematic approach, the authorities 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.

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. These are most vulnerable for mosquito breeding. Huge amounts of money have been spent in the past few years for controlling mosquito. But what is the outcome? There is an allegation that although the government sanctioned adequate budgetary allocation to prevent the mosquito menace, there was no major visible headway in this connection.   

In the past malaria took its toll in the country, particularly in the Chattogram Hill Tracts.  It was followed by dengue and chikungunya. Many people lost their lives being victims of the diseases. 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 destroyed 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.
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