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Quader: No need to show off with ineffective insecticides

  • Published at 04:32 pm August 7th, 2019
A city corporation employee with a fogger spraying insecticide on the side of a city street
A city corporation employee with a fogger spraying insecticides to eliminate mosquitoes in Dhaka city Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Effective insecticides will arrive in Dhaka within two to four days

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has asked the authorities concerned to refrain from spraying ineffective pesticides in their quest to eradicate mosquitoes.

"Effective insecticides will arrive in Dhaka within two to four days.  In the meantime, there is no need to show off by spraying ineffective pesticides," he said on Wednesday, after attending a cleanliness drive in the city's Mirpur Mazar road. 

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Dhaka, the overcrowded capital, has been at the centre of the country's dengue menace. 

According to government data, the mosquito-borne disease has claimed 23 lives so far, but unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.

Dhaka's city corporations have been criticized for their failure to eliminate mosquitoes responsible for the dengue virus. 

A total of 2,348 people were infected with the mosquito-borne disease in 24 hours until Tuesday morning, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

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Of them, 1,284 cases were reported from the capital. Five of them were suffering from dengue hemorrhagic fever, while another from dengue shock syndrome. 

Since the beginning of this year, some 29,912 patients have been hospitalised due to dengue. 

Dengue cases continue to be reported from across the country. It is feared that the number of patients may increase, as people travel to their village homes from Dhaka during the upcoming vacation of Eid-ul-Azha, slated to be celebrated on August 12.