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HC: When will effective mosquito insecticide be brought into Bangladesh?

  • Published at 04:09 pm July 30th, 2019
File photo of a city corporation employee with a fogger spraying insecticide on the side of a city street Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The court gave the directives on Tuesday

The High Court has directed the government and Dhaka’s two city corporations to inform it, by tomorrow, about when effective mosquito insecticides will be brought into Bangladesh.

The bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi on Tuesday gave the directives when DSCC Chief Health Officer Brig Gen Md Sharif Ahmed and DNCC Chief Health Officer Brig Gen Md Mominur Rahman Mamun submitted a report on the issue at the court through their counsel.

The government and both the city corporations will have to inform the court about the import of the pesticides by 2pm tomorrow.

On July 25, the same bench had asked the chief health officers of Dhaka North and South city corporations to bring effective insecticides within July 30 to stop the spread of Aedes mosquitoes and dengue virus.

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It also gave the two officials till 2pm on July 30 to inform on what procedures were to be followed to bring the specific insecticides within the stipulated time.

On July 22, the court had summoned the chief health officials as it was not pleased with the report filed about preventing dengue, a mosquito-borne disease.

The High Court on July 14 had ordered the two mayors, executive officers, health secretary, local government secretary, and the DG of the Directorate General of Health Services to report on the steps taken to prevent dengue and chikungunya.

At the same time, the bench also issued a ruling asking why the inaction of the authorities concerned in preventing the diseases should not be declared illegal.

Although the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) says only eight people have so far died from the disease, the unofficial tally of reported deaths stood at over 40 until Tuesday evening.

Between January 1 and July 30, at least 15,369 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals across the country.