Atiqul Islam, who took office as the DNCC mayor on Wednesday, said his main challenge was to protect the city residents from Covid-19 and dengue
The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) is installing eight booths for Covid-19 sample tests, and 27 medical centres for support to dengue patients, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam has said.
He made the statement during a virtual press conference after taking office as the mayor of Dhaka North for the second term on Wednesday afternoon.
Before the briefing, DNCC Panel Mayor Jamal Mostafa handed over the reins to Atiqul Islam in a casual ceremony.
Atiqul said his main challenge as mayor was to protect the city residents from Covid-19 and dengue fever.
“DNCC has made arrangements for pedestrians to wash hands on various roads amid the coronavirus crisis. Disinfectants are being applied to all the city's highways and paths using 10 water browsers,” said Atiqul.
He also informed that with the help of Brac, DNCC is working on setting up eight booths where coronavirus samples will be collected. These booths will be launched by next week.
“We are also working on an initiative to launch a PCR lab, and a portion of Mohakhali market will be used as an isolation center,” told the DNCC Mayor.
To fight against dengue and chikungunya, Atiq urged everyone to clean their own house so that growth rate of mosquitos does not increase.
He said: “Twenty-two health centres and maternity health clinics of DNCC are working for the collection of blood samples of dengue patients.”
The mayor said that it was a challenging time for all the mayors of the world in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are living in a time of crisis, so we have to face some sufferings too,” Atiqul said.
He also unveiled some plans as his first priority as the DNCC mayor.
He said that house owners cannot force their tenants to always pay rents in due time during the coronavirus crisis.
The DNCC mayor also said: “I have announced health insurance for DNCC waste management workers and mosquito maintenance workers - those that are working during the Covid-19 crisis. If they get affected or die, they (or their families) will receive money from insurance.”
He also said that relief work is a continuous process. DNCC authorities have already provided food support to 300,000 jobless people.
“To ensure better relief management, we are trying to introduce a QR code system to relief work,” added the mayor.
He added that DNCC has a hotline. Anyone can claim relief and other assistance owed to them by dialing 333.
The mayor furthered that city corporation’s construction projects will be restarted before the rainy season.
For a better fire service Atiqul is planning to install 36 satellite fire units in the DNCC area, he said.
The DNCC mayor expressed his gratitude, thanking the voters and people of DNCC area for electing him as the mayor for two consecutive terms.
“I will try my best to fulfil my electoral pledges, I hope together we will build a healthy and smart Dhaka,” the mayor said.