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21 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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HC again slams 2 Dhaka city corpns on mosquito control

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The High Court yesterday (Tuesday) once again expressed dissatisfaction over the activities of two city corporations of Dhaka in controlling mosquitoes, saying "insecticide is not working and Allah is saving us". The HC bench asked the government to inform it whether it has any work-plan to destroy Aedes mosquitoes for preventing the spread of dengue and chikungunya. An HC bench, comprising Justice Tariq-ul Hakim and Justice Shohrowardi, asked the state lawyers to inform it on Monday about the government’s plan to destroy the mosquitoes.

“New dengue patients are being admitted to hospitals every day. No benefit has been found in spraying insecticide. Allah is saving us from the Aedes mosquitoes,” the HC bench said. It asked the two city corporation authorities to inform the court about the daily activities of its workers on how they have been working to control the Aedes mosquitoes. The HC bench also asked the authorities concerned to inform the court on how many patients are now suffering from dengue across the country.

It said the mosquito-borne disease has become epidemic this year. There is no guarantee that there will be no outbreak of dengue next year. The government has to make a long term plan to destroy the Aedes mosquitoes.

India has a long term work-plan. They have conducted aerial spraying to destroy the Aedes mosquitoes.

Although experts cautioned about the Aedes mosquitoes in February this year, the city corporations did not pay any heed. They have neglected controlling the Aedes mosquitoes. Had the two city corporation authorities taken proper steps, the situation would not have worsened, the HC bench noted.

The HC bench said it would not express satisfaction until the number of dengue patients are reduced in the hospitals. "It is clear when we look at hospitals. New dengue patients are admitted to hospitals and some are dying of dengue. So, how can we express satisfaction over the activities of the city corporations," it noted. Advocate Taqfiq Enam appeared for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), while Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Kazi Mainul represented the state during the hearing on the matter.

At one stage of the hearing, the DAG told the court that the government had allocated Tk. 15 crore for the two city corporations to control Aedes mosquitoes. The HC bench said the mosquitoes have not been killed after spraying of insecticide, as about 2,000 patients are being admitted to hospitals every day.

The DNCC lawyer told the court that the DNCC bought 40,000 litres of new insecticide and it is being sprayed from August.

The HC bench wanted to know whether the new insecticide is effective. He replied that the new insecticide is more effective. The HC bench asked the authorities concerned to inform it about the activities of city corporation officials in controlling the Aedes mosquitoes.

At least 1,572 patients were hospitalised across the country in the 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The number of dengue patients was 1,615 on Monday, 1,706 on Sunday, 1,460 on Saturday, 1,719 on Friday, 1,929 on Thursday and 1,880 on Wednesday. The number of new infections at the district level has declined from Monday’s 858 to 822 on Tuesday.

The government has so far confirmed 40 deaths, though unofficial estimates suggest that the death toll is much higher. Currently, 6,470 dengue patients are undergoing treatment in different hospitals and clinics. Of them, 3, 413 are in the capital and 3,057 around the country.

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