Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will begin a 10-day combing operation starting today to destroy all Aedes mosquito breeding grounds in areas for which it is responsible.
This is the fourth such operation against these mosquitoes, which this year are both dengue and chikungunya carriers.
The operation is performed every day, except Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The stations will be divided into ten sectors, and each sector will have 10 subsectors, according to a press release from DNCC.
DNCC teams will conduct the trips in all 10 subsectors of a station and cover all 54 stations of the company, the press release said.
In each subsector, a team of four garbage disposal workers and a sprayer will take part in the operation.
The teams will visit various facilities, homes and buildings under construction and look for breeding grounds.
They collect pictures and addresses of houses and other facilities as well as cell phone numbers of their owners if they find Aedes larvae or brood sources there.
All data collected will be stored in order to prepare a database for proper monitoring of breeding sources, the press release said.
Mobile courts will also perform operations in this regard.
The teams will also visit homes and facilities where larvae were found in previous combing operations.
Nine entomologists from the Directorate-General of Health Services, three from DNCC, and health and waste management officials from DNCC remain in attendance during the journey.
DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam urged residents, councilors and journalists to expand their collaboration to make the operation successful.
He explained that Aedes mosquitoes lay eggs in clean water and urged all residents to remove stagnant water regularly to keep the areas mosquito free.
The mayor said the dengue situation had to be kept under control at all costs during the pandemic.
He said due to unusual rainfall, the prevalence of dengue fever had increased slightly and they were taking the matter very seriously.
The company has already launched a loudspeaker awareness campaign, the press release said.
So far this year DNCC teams have visited 4,05,550 houses and structures and found larvae in 2,686.