Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said yesterday that she hopes to control the Culex mosquitoes within the next two weeks.
“We have changed our strategy and we hope that the Culex mosquitoes will be under control in the next two weeks,” he said when speaking to reporters after visiting the Panthapath boxing passage. He also opened a secondary transfer station in Panthakunja.
As Dhaka’s mosquito problem becomes more and more threatening, residents are forced to strengthen their defenses against the insects. However, many complain that city companies’ mosquito control measures are not effective in their areas.
Although urban companies spray larvicides and adulticides year-round, stagnant bodies of water and poor field-level monitoring make their efforts ineffective, experts said.
Faced with such a situation, residents of new and old districts have similar complaints and seek more permanent solutions from urban businesses.
Taposh said they are asking Dhaka residents to be patient as they are trying to adapt to circumstances by changing their strategies.
Regarding the new strategy, he assured residents that larvicide will be sprayed for more than four hours in the morning, while the misting time will be extended in the afternoon.
When asked why they didn’t change their mosquito control strategy sooner, the mayor replied: “Experts make many suggestions after an incident but get no advice before an incident.”
Taposh also said they were asked to continue Aedes mosquito management through December. However, this turned out to be wrong and the city society should have started work on Culex mosquitoes from the beginning of winter instead, the mayor admitted.
Taposh said they started cleaning canals in January and have already cleaned 20 km of canals and removed two tons of solid waste from them. These include the Nondipara Bridge of the Nondipara Canal, the Khilgaon-Basabo Canal, the Manda Canal, the Jirani Canal and the junction of the Segunbagicha Canal.
He said it would have been better if they could have had access to the channels two months in advance.
LGRD Minister Md Tazul Islam, who visited the canals with the DSCC Mayor, said that in addition to cleaning the canals, it will also remove all kinds of illegal structures that have been built on both sides of the canals.
Among others, the legislator of Dhaka-4, Syed Abu Hossain Babla; Managing Director of DSCC ABM Amin Ullah Nuri; Chief Commitore Officer Air Commodore Md Badrul Amin; and DSCC Chief Engineer Rezaur Rahman were also present.