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Mosquito menace: HC blames administration’s inactiveness

  • Published at 05:27 pm July 31st, 2019
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File photo of a mother-child pair with dengue sits inside a protective net in this photo taken at Bangladesh Shishu Hospital Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

According to DGHS, as of now, 14 people died of dengue fever

The High Court, in a comment, has blamed inactiveness of the administration for the spread of dengue virus all over Bangladesh. 

The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and KM Kamrul Kader made the comments on Wednesday, while hearing a writ petition filed to ensure security of judges, lawyer and court official.

The bench observed: “The prime minister went to London for treatment, but still she had to give out directives from there. What are government officials doing? 

“All the facilities they (government employees) receive, including salaries and cars, are provided from public tax money. But the citizens are not receiving the services they expect. Where the administration fails, the judiciary intervenes.”


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Pointing out the current dengue situation in Bangladesh, the bench also observed that apart from three districts, the entire country has been affected by dengue. 

The court said: “Now the city corporations have become alert, although we issued warning regarding dengue in February. We also summoned the two chief executive officers of the two city corporations to take adequate measures to prevent dengue and chikungunia.”

“However, they paid no heed to it. We have to intervene because the administration failed,” the bench added.

Dengue, a mosquito-borne virus, spreads among humans through its carrier Aedes mosquito. The disease has no known cure or vaccine yet.


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On July 2, the High Court ordered Dhaka's north and south city corporations to submit a report within two weeks mentioning the steps they have taken to prevent the spread of dengue virus-carrier, the aedes mosquito.

On July 22, the High Court summoned the chief health officers of Dhaka north and south city corporations to explain why a report filed with the court did not properly portray the steps taken to eradicate mosquito-borne diseases -- Dengue and Chikungunya -- from the capital.

On July 25, the High Court asked Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to inform it about the steps taken to stop taking of excessive fees for dengue tests.

Around 4,408 dengue patients have been hospitalized across Bangladesh, with the highest 3,561 in Dhaka alone from January till July 30, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), as of now, 14 people died of dengue fever.

However, the unofficial tally of reported deaths stood at 44 until Wednesday afternoon.