In an unorthodox event, writer, singers, students, teachers, journalists and citizens have shown red cards to the Dhaka north and south city mayors for failing to stop the outbreak of chikungunya in the capital.
They formed a human chain under the banner of “Writers, Singers, Students, Teachers, Journalists and Citizens” in front of National Museum at Shahbagh intersection in the city.
Criticising Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq for his comments made on Friday over the spread of chikungunya, Bangladesh Chhatra Union’s former president Khan Asaduzzaman Masum said such speeches prove that Annisul is a bankrupt mayor.
Masum urged both the mayors to take immediate measures to help the city people get rid of the mosquito menace that is causing the viral disease to spread widely and rapidly.
“Take immediate and proper measures to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne disease, otherwise the city residents will reject you in the next city corporation polls,” he said.
Meanwhile, Iftekhar Ahmed Babu, an online activist, said the city mayors kept defending themselves despite the health minister holding the duo responsible for the situation.
Iftekhar demanded that the city mayors cordially work for the city dwellers to retain their mayoral posts.
Annisul on Friday told a press briefing that the city corporations are not to blame for the spread of chikungunya in Dhaka, while experts claimed the mosquito-borne disease had turned into an epidemic.
“All of the responsibility cannot fall on the city corporations. City dwellers also have to take responsibility to keep their city clean,” he said then.
At the same event, epidemiologist Dr Mahmudur Rahman and entomologists Dr Towhid Uddin and Dr Munzur A Chowdhury all said they believed that chikungunya fever had already become an epidemic in Dhaka.