During the day the problem is relatively bearable, but at night it becomes unbearable
Tormented by the mosquito threat, Dhaka residents continue to blame city authorities for not doing enough to save them from mosquito-borne diseases, particularly dengue.
The mosquito threat is a big issue in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) as elsewhere in the capital. Despite claims by the DSCC that mosquito control operations are carried out on a regular basis, city dwellers are not being relieved from the anguish of mosquitos, reports UNB.
According to information from residents of the DSCC, the city society has not succeeded in destroying the mosquito breeding grounds.
Like Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), people in the southern urban area have not protected themselves even after using mosquito nets, mosquito nets, electric bats and mosquito sprays.
The problem during the day is relatively bearable, but at night it becomes unbearable at home, in the office-court, in educational institutions.
The hardest hit areas of the city include Malibagh, Rampura, Banasree, Meradia, Goran, Khilgaon, Jatrabari, Sayedabad, Dhanmondi, Old Dhaka, Fakirapul, Arambagh, Paltan, Motijheel, Kamalapur, Maniknagar, Basabo, Mugda, Khilgaon, Dil, Dholaik Mir Hajaribag, Shyampur, Kamrangirchar, Sutrapur, Mohammadpur and Hazaribagh.
Nazmul Haque, who lives in Malibagh, said they were infested with mosquitos and that it was really unbearable. “There is no peace and quiet from mosquitos, no matter where you are… We are always at risk of contracting dengue fever. But the DSCC claims that the mosquitoes are under control. “
He said that although city society is making an attempt to control the mosquitoes through fogging, it cannot be brought under control without destroying the breeding grounds.
Jannatun Naeem, a resident of Bhuiyan Para, Banasree, told the UNB, “I can’t get rid of mosquitoes even though I live on the 10th floor of my apartment. I have to spend extra money every day to prevent mosquitoes, which is a burden on my family. The fact is that mosquitoes cannot be completely eradicated with spirals or sprays. The city group should take more solid steps in this regard. “
Hassan, a resident of the Basabo area, said: “In the evening you have to work while sitting in the mosquito net because the mosquito coil does not work. The DSCC should work on mosquito control all year round, as it is not a seasonal trip. “
Dr. Fazle Shamsul Kabir, the DSCC’s chief health officer, told the UNB, “It is not possible to completely eradicate mosquitoes, but now the mosquitoes are under control.”
He said there are now seven DSCC employees working in the mornings on each of the 75 stations to destroy the larvae. And in the afternoon, six workers spray repellants through smoke machines. “We have also put city ponds under mosquito repellent drive with 36 wheelbarrow machines.”
When asked about allegations that mosquito spray with a fog machine was not used correctly at all stations, he said: “That is not true.
He also said dengue attacks in the southern part of the city have decreased, with an average of two to three patients being reported each day. “Now we come to the part where we’re working on combating the Culex mosquitoes.”
DSCC General Manager (Additional Secretary) Farid Ahmed said that 1,050 workers are working in our 75 mosquito control stations. “I hold a meeting under the direction of the mayor every 15 days to fight the mosquitos.”
He said that morning and afternoon fog was used to control mosquitoes. However, the drive is currently closed on all stations.
Call from the mayor
DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh told the UNB that the mosquitoes are now under control due to their various initiatives.
“I work tirelessly to rid the city of mosquitoes. We have a number of other plans to destroy mosquito breeding sites. “
The mayor said that by Jan. 15, 46 state waters in the South City Corporation will be cleaned to control mosquitos. Work will start on January 1st. “In addition, all of the city’s canals will soon be cleaned up.”
“Sufficient staff is required for this. The relevant work order has already been given, which will be done through outsourcing, ”added the mayor.
He said urban society alone is not responsible for mosquito control. “All city dwellers need to be made aware of the fact that mosquitoes also breed in houses and workplaces. So the houses have to be kept clean. “
“We cannot control the multiplication of mosquitoes without keeping houses, workplaces and our surroundings clean. That’s why every resident has to be aware of this, ”warned Taposh.
Supervision by the Ministry
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Md Tajul Islam said two urban companies in Dhaka are working to curb the mosquito threat. “We also monitor constantly.”
In this regard, the minister said, urban businesses need to play an effective role in mosquito control. “If someone notices the negligence in the mosquito control, the ministry will take immediate action,” he said.
However, the city companies and the LGRD ministry are working together to get rid of the mosquitos in Dhaka city.