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HC forms committee to probe negligence in controlling dengue

  • Published at 04:28 pm November 12th, 2019
File photo: Dengue patients, covered in mosquito nets, receiving treatment at a hospital in Bangladesh Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The committee will be headed by a judge of Dhaka District and Sessions Judge Court

The High Court has formed a committee to investigate whether there was any failure or negligence in controlling mosquito-borne diseases like dengue.  

The bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir Lytton passed the order on Tuesday and asked the committee to submit a report by January 15 next year, reports UNB.  

The committee will be headed by a judge of Dhaka District and Sessions Judge Court while another member will be an official of the ministry of local government (not below the rank of joint secretary).  

Barrister Taufiq Inam Tipu represented Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) while Deputy Attorney General Barrister Kazi Mainul Hasan stood for the state.  

The HC judges also asked the committee members to take assistance from icddr,b, Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University.

Deputy Attorney General Kazi Mainul Hosen submitted a report to the HC saying that 112 people have died so far in dengue across Bangladesh this year. 

The High Court on Wednesday asked the government to inform them the actual number of dengue-related deaths by November 11.  

It also fixed November 11 for the next hearing after the two city corporations of Dhaka filed petition seeking time to submit a report about the measures they took to control the spread of dengue.  

On August 28, the High Court ordered the government to inform it about how far the measures to control the spread of dengue had progressed. The city corporations sought more time from the court on Wednesday to file the report.  

On July 4, the court on its own volition issued a rule ordering to take steps within 24 hours to control the spread of mosquitoes responsible for diseases like dengue and chikungunya.