The mosquito threat has worsened this year compared to previous years due to the persistent monsoons
After the deadly coronavirus wave, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) is now grappling with another major problem – the threat posed by mosquitoes – and its residents are raising eyebrows at city authorities.
“A widespread mosquito invasion has frustrated us all as it happens in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and hospitals are struggling to treat patients, including dengue and Covid patients,” said Rezaul Karim, a senior executive at a private company. who lives in Mirpur 6.
In general, he said, mosquito populations increase during the summer and monsoons due to heavy rainfall with floods. “And places with rainwater are the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.”
But even in cold December weather, the city dwellers do not get any relief from the mosquito infestation, because the measures of the DNCC are too inadequate.
However, the DNCC authorities claim that they are doing whatever is necessary to deal with the situation.
Urban residents in a number of areas under the DNCC claimed that the mosquitoes were spreading rapidly, largely due to the inability of urban society to destroy mosquito breeding grounds.
People cannot control mosquitoes entering their homes only with mosquito nets, coils, or electric bats. Even spraying mosquito repellent doesn’t help, they said.
The mosquito threat has worsened this year compared to previous years due to the persistent monsoons.
Mosquitoes are everywhere, including homes, offices, courts, educational institutions, workplaces, and even moving vehicles in the city, according to city dwellers.
Dhaka is currently suffering from dengue crisis, a disease caused by the Ades mosquito bite, they said.
Allocation to mosquito control
The DNCC assigns crores taka every year to control the mosquito threat. It has allocated Tk110 crore for the 2021-22 fiscal year to solve the problem, according to the city society’s budget announcement.
Of this amount, Tk 45 billion was used for the procurement of pesticides, Tk 3.50 billion for the removal of weeds and hyacinths, Tk 3 billion for the implementation of mosquito control programs, and Tk 27 million for the recruitment of personnel beyond DNCC for combating mosquitoes and Tk 4 billion for combing work. Another amount of Tk25 crore was earmarked for mosquito control equipment.
Information says that residents of Bhatara, Kuril, Bashundhara, Badda, Baridhara, Gulshan, Banani, Tejgaon, Mohakhali, Malibagh, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Mirpur, Uttara and Gabtali of North City suffer from the mosquito problem more than anyone else Areas.
Akbar Ali, who lives in the Bashundhara residential area, said, “Bashundhara is a fantastic residential area, but a lot of people don’t want to stay there because of the mosquito problem. Anyone who lives here has to go under the mosquito net in the evening! “
He continued, “I have never seen any DNCC action or mosquito containment program in the Bashundhara area.”
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Ruhul Amin from the Bhatara area told the UNB: “We are extremely angry about the threat posed by the mosquitoes. The mosquito has conquered the city. “
City authorities play no effective role in containing mosquitoes other than fogging the streets, which is nothing more than “eye wash,” claimed Ruhul.
Abdullah Al Mehedi, a resident of Badda, said mosquito invasions have become a widespread phenomenon in the area. “Although we have taken various measures to avoid mosquito bites, the mosquito threat, even if it is temporary, can be seen again.”
Faruque Rahman, a Shewrapara resident, suggested that urban businesses conduct mosquito control campaigns year round. “Occasional trips are nowhere near enough. The fact is that urban society cannot play an effective role in containing the threat. “
Position of DNCC
When asked whether the DNCC has failed to contain the mosquito threat, DNCC Chief Health Officer Brigadier General Md Jobaidur Rahman told UNB: “No, we haven’t. Were working. “
“Not only urban corporations, but also the government, parastatal institutions and citizens have a responsibility to control this threat. Mosquitoes cannot be controlled at all, but they can be brought to a tolerable level, “said Jobaidur.
He also said that a special action was being held in each DNCC ward to alleviate the problem.
DNCC Chief Executive Officer (additional secretary) Md Selim Reza said Aedes mosquitoes are currently not seen. “Even then, we’re working on it. We’re also working on fighting the Culex mosquito. We have various plans in place to destroy the mosquito breeding grounds.”
He continued, “We have taken an initiative to clean up all waters in North City that are under the government and those that are private must be cleaned by the owners. Otherwise we will punish them. “
Reza said about 1,000 workers work in our 54 stations to control mosquitos. “Every station is monitored. Even if there is a complaint anywhere, we will respond to it. “
When asked why there are no effective mosquito control measures in the Bashundhara area, he said, “The Bashundhara residential area is not part of our urban society. Therefore, we cannot provide services.”
“However, we wrote to Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Rajuk) to bring the Bashundhara residential area under the Northern Urban Society,” said Selim Reza.
“Not true,” says Mayor
When asked about the increasing mosquito population, DNCC Mayor Md Atiqul Islam told the UNB that this was not the case. Mosquitoes are now under control.
“We have taken several steps to destroy mosquito larvae in the breeding areas. There is regular monitoring at every station as we are committed to making urban life easier, ”he said.
The Mayor said, “We are performing a cleanup operation and anti-fogging product in both morning and afternoon in 54 districts of DNCC.”
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 around the clock.”
However, the minister said urban businesses need to play an effective role in mosquito control. “If someone notices a negligence in the mosquito control, the ministry will take immediate action.”