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HC: Two city corporations must import effective mosquito repellent immediately

  • Published at 08:19 pm August 1st, 2019
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The High Court also asked hospitals to provide free treatment to street children and poor dengue patients

The High Court on Thursday directed the two city corporations’ authorities to immediately import the new effective mosquito repellent for eradicating aedes mosquito.

It also directed the concerned ministries including the local government and rural development (LGRD) and health to provide adequate facilities so that the city corporations could easily import better  mosquito repellent immediately in order to eliminating the Dengue.

The HC also directed health secretary, directorate general (DG) of health and LGRD secretary to provide all necessary assistance in giving licence and clearance for importing new effective mosquito repellent immediately to eradicate aedes mosquito.

It also directed the LGRD ministry to take necessary step in importing the new effective medicine and provide it at all to thana and upazilla level as per their demand across the country.

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It also directed the government to keep a doctor not below associate professor for 24/7  at every government hospital to ensure treatment for all patients who are admitted in hospitals with dengue. It also asked the hospitals authorities to increase the number of beds  for Dengue patients  . The private hospitals authorities are directed to provide treatment to the dengue patients considering the humanitarian ground with minimum cost.

It also directed the government to ensure supplying of kits, which is needed to detect the dengue fever at the early stage, quickly with minimum cost at every hospital.

It also asked the city corporations authorities to submit progress report before it on August 18, the first day of reopening of the Supreme Court from vacation. The Supreme Court will go for 15-day vacation on the occasion of on Eid-ul-Azha and will reopen on August 18.

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 before it as per its earlier order to explain why the government was delaying in importing effective better  mosquito repellent to eradicate aedes mosquito in the country.

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

After appearing before the HC bench, LGRD secretary Helal Uddin told the court that he has communicated the all high officials of related concern ministries to import the new medicine. All of them assured that they would provide assistance to import new effective medicine from abroad in Bangladesh.  

 Adequate licences have been issued to government and non-government institutions to import the medicine. “We are trying to import the new medicine within short time with the help of foreign ministry. The new medicine will import after taking help from all high officials of concern ministries of the government,” he added.

How many days will be needed to import the new mosquito repellent medicine?, HC bench  asked.

A total of 14 working days are needed to complete the whole procedure of importing the new medicine, the lawyers concerned replied.

'provide free treatment to street children and poor dengue patients'

Another HC bench yesterday ordered to provide free treatment to street children and financially poor dengue patients.

The bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Razik Al Jalil came up with the order after hearing a writ petition on this regard on Thursday.

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Following the order on August 20, the Ministry of Health and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) have to inform the court about taken measure.

Advocate Dr Qazi Zahed Iqbal stood for the writ.

In hearing the court expressed its disquiet and said, In the future, if any street children and helpless people are suffering from dengue, they should not be deprived of medical facilities due to financial crisis.

On Wednesday, many media has been published a news that said, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital denied to admit a dengue affected street children'.  The writ were filed with annexed the media report.

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