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Mayor: Chief Heat Officer does not get salary from DNCC

‘She does not even have an office at the corporation’
Bushra Afreen is the first CHO in Asia

Update : 27 Apr 2024, 04:59 PM

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Saturday said Chief Heat Officer Bushra Afreen does not get a salary from the DNCC.

The mayor said he had heard many rumours about the chief heat officer, and cleared that she does not get paid by the city corporation. 

DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam said these while visiting the DNCC's water spraying program in the capital’s Agargaon area. 

He added that Bushra Afreen does not even have any office at the corporation as well. 

The entirety of Bangladesh is sweltering, and the capital Dhaka is no exception. 

Bangladesh got its first chief heat officer in Bushra Afreen, daughter of Mayor Atiqul Islam, when the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arsht-Rock) selected her for the post last year to work in Dhaka North City Corporation areas to lead efforts to combat the growing threat of extreme heat caused by climate change.

Bushra, the first CHO in Asia, recently made the headlines after advising people to carry a water bottle, cap, fan, umbrella, etc when outside to battle heat.

Almost a year into her appointment, many on social media are still curious about what her job entails, her qualifications and which places other than Dhaka have a CHO.


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