DCC starts anti-mosquito crash programme
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka City Corporation has started a 16-day crash programme to relieve the city dwellers of mosquito menace, which has intensified over the last one month.

The chief entomologist of the corporation, Nasim-us Seraj, said they had started the crash programme on January 22 and it would continue till February 6.

'Under the programme, we will larvicide from 8:00am to 11:00pm and adulticide from 4:30pm to 6:30pm every day excepting for the rainy days,' he said. All the 90 wards of the corporation will come under the larviciding and adulticiding drives for four times during the programme, he said.

Although continuous drizzle on Friday and Saturday gave the city dwellers a temporary relief from mosquito bites, the situation would worsen immediately after the improvement in the weather if the crash programme would not be launched, another official of the corporation said.

The life of the city people became difficult due to mosquito bites everywhere at home and in offices, business centres, bus stops, train stations and launch terminals. Security guards and floating people were the easy victims of the stinging insects. The people all around the city are facing mosquito menace, the situation is vulnerable in areas like Pallabi, Mirpur, Kazipara, Sewrapara, Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Moghbazar, Khilgaon, Basabo, Madartek, Shahjahanpur, Ram-pura, Gendaria, Shegunbaghica, Islambagh, Lalbagh and Sutrapur.

An official of the corporation attributed the weather situation, hanging latrines at different slums and migratory mosquitoes to the failure of the corporation in controlling the mosquito menace. Drains, ponds and canals that cover huge low-lying areas in the city have become ideal breeding grounds for the mosquitoes, he said.

The official said there were also a lot of breeding grounds in different houses, which remained out of the drive as the mosquito crews could not enter into the houses to do their duties. Besides, drains covered with slabs also remain out of the drive, he added.

An official of the corporation said the number of mosquito crews was not sufficient for a large city like Dhaka. The number of mosquito crews should be increased and at the same time monitoring of the field-level works has to be strengthened to get more effective results, he said.

A total of 411 mosquito workers of the corporation and 193 of the mosquito control department have been working jointly for larviciding and adulticiding.

The corporation has 368 fogger machines, 659 hand-driven sprays and 42 wheel-borrow machines, the corporation sources said.

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