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HC: City corporations must bring effective insecticides immediately

The HC bench comprising Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi came up with the directive in presence of Local Government and Rural Development Division Secretary Helal Uddin

Update : 02 Aug 2019, 02:12 AM

The High Court on Thursday directed the two city corporations’ authorities to immediately import new effective mosquito repellents to eradicate aedes mosquitoes.

The HC bench comprising Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi came up with the directive in presence of Local Government and Rural Development Division Secretary Helal Uddin, who appeared to explain why the government was delaying in importing effective mosquito repellent.

It also directed the concerned ministries including the Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) and health ministry to facilitate the import of insecticides. 

The court also directed the health secretary, directorate general (DG) of health and LGRD secretary to provide all necessary assistance in issuing license and clearance for the import.

It also directed the LGRD ministry to take necessary steps to import and distribute the new effective medicine in every upazila.

It also directed the government to post a doctor (associate professor or above) to monitor dengue treatment at every government hospital round the clock. It also asked the hospital authorities to increase the number of beds for dengue patients. Private hospital authorities have been directed to provide treatment at cost on humanitarian grounds.

The government was also directed to ensure supply of dengue test kits quickly at minimum cost at every hospital.

It also asked the city corporations authorities to submit a progress report on August 18, the day the Supreme Court reopens after the Eid vacation. 

Earlier on the day, the bench summoned the LGRD secretary when the Dhaka South City Corporation informed the court that it could not spray mosquito repellent unless the government imports it.

After appearing before the bench, LGRD Secretary Helal Uddin told the court that he has communicated to all senior officials of concerned ministries to import the new insecticide. All of them assured him that they would provide assistance.  

He said: “We are trying to import the new medicine as soon as possible with the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

When the court asked how long it will take to import the insecticide, the lawyers said 14 working days will be required.

'Provide free treatment to homeless people’

Another bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Razik Al Jalil on Thursday ordered to provide free treatment to homeless people. 

The order was issued after hearing a writ petition in this regard on Thursday. 

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) have to inform the court about the measures taken on August 20. 

Advocate Dr Qazi Zahed Iqbal stood for the writ.

During the hearing, court expressed its disquiet and said homeless people suffering from dengue should not be deprived of medical facilities due to financial insolvency.

On Wednesday, several media outlets reported that Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital denied admission to a homeless boy with dengue.  The writ were filed with annexed the media report.  

New insecticide samples coming from India, China 

Separate samples of insecticides are on their way from India and China, said Md Nuruzzaman, chief store and purchase officer of the DSCC.

As of 8pm on Thursday, he could not confirm if the samples reached Bangladesh.

“The samples were directly sent to a Mohakhali lab to test their effectiveness,” Nuruzzaman said. 

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