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HC slams city corporations for negligence as dengue infection continues

  • Published at 01:31 am August 21st, 2019
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It asked the city corporations to submit a report to the court on how and where the city corporation staff are working, and a report on the number of dengue patients in the country

The High Court on Tuesday came down heavily on the two city corporations of Dhaka, as new patients continue to be hospitalized because of largely ineffective mosquito insecticides in use.

“Everyday, new patients are being admitted to hospitals. Using insecticides has not led to any benefit. Allah is saving us,” the bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi said.

It asked the city corporations to submit a report to the court on how and where the city corporation staff are working, and a report on the number of dengue patients in the country.

It also asked the government to submit a long term plan to prevent dengue. The court set August 26 for submission of the reports and for next hearing day on the matter.

The HC asked Deputy Attorney General Kazi Mainul Hasan whether the funds allotted by Local Government Ministry to city corporations have been properly used or not, and where the monitoring report is.

The High Court also said there shall be an investigation to find out why the dengue menace spread so much this time.

DNCC launches comb operation 

The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Tuesday called upon city dwellers to allow its staff, operating the comb operation, to enter inside houses after checking their ID cards.

“I request you (City dwellers) to allow city corporation teams inside the house. Team members must hold Identification cards. Check their ID Cards first, then allow them inside the house,” said DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam while launching a combing operation and cleanliness drive to destroy breeding grounds of Aedes mosquito at Dr Fazle Rabbi Park in the city’s Gulshan area on Tuesday.

“There is no way to divert this drive in any other wicked ways,”  he assured.  

In this 20-day-long drive, owners will be fined if Aedes larvae are found during a second visit of the inspection team to a house. 

Activity of the drive has been divided into two parts. For the first 10 days, teams will check every house and paste a sticker if Aedes larvae are found. Mosquito repellents and insecticides will be sprayed in and around the houses.

In the second round of inspection in the remaining 10 days, house owners will be fined if larvae  is still found to be in the house.

Atiqul urged city dwellers to keep both the front and back of houses, roofs, and the space between two adjacent buildings clean.

DSCC mayor expects dengue to be brought under control by first week of Sept

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Tuesday said he expects the dengue situation will come under control by the first week of September, as the number of dengue patients has started decreasing across the country.

“The DSCC has been working relentlessly towards reducing the number of Aedes mosquito, targeting to bring it under control by the month of September…Various steps were taken by the government to destroy the breeding grounds of mosquitoes, and to increases awareness among the people,” he said.

He was speaking while inaugurating an Aedes larvae cleaning program at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, reports BSS.

“Under the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, we all are working together to destroy Aedes mosquito breeding grounds, and hope we will be able to make the country dengue free soon,” he said

Till now, DSCC has conducted drives at 58,748 houses, he added.

 Slight fall in Fresh cases, two more die

Two more dengue patients died in Keraniganj of Dhaka and Faridpur district, respectively, on Monday night, although there is a downtrend in fresh dengue cases across the country.

At least 1,572 patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday, while 6,470 patients are currently undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics.

Of the deceased, rickshaw-puller Shaheb Ali, 35, died in Faridpur district while Fatema, 45, died at Mitford Hospital.

Faridpur Medical College Hospital Director Dr Kamoda Prasad Saha said: "Shaheb was admitted to the hospital on Monday in critical condition. He died later at night."

Meanwhile, Fatema, hailing from Bandar upazila in Narayanganj district, died at Mitford Hospital on Monday, after being diagnosed with dengue, reports UNB.

At least 1,572 patients were hospitalized across the country in 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The number of dengue patients admitted was 1,615 on Monday, 1706 on Sunday, 1,460 on Saturday, 1,719 on Friday, 1,929 on Thursday and 1,880 on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the number of new infections at the district level also declined in the last 24 hours from Monday’s 858 to 822 on Tuesday.

Currently, 3, 413 patients are hospitalised in Dhaka, and 3,057 around the country.

A total 40 dengue patients have died across Bangladesh from January 1 till August 19, according to DGHS data. However, the unofficial death toll is reported to be over 104, so far.

Since the beginning of this year, 56,369 patients infected with dengue were hospitalised.

Our correspondent Wali Newaz from Faridpur contributed to this report