We must go to the root causes of diseases like dengue and plan our cities in that way, says Adil Mohammed Khan
The Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) urged the government to take an integrated approach with solid coordination between the two city corporations of Dhaka, Rajuk, and the health department.
"Tackling dengue is not all about spraying insecticide. We must go to the root causes of diseases like dengue and plan our cities in that way," Adil said.
In a seminar, "Dengue, Public Health and our Urban Development Planning, " at Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) organized by BIP on Saturday, BIP General Secretary Dr Adil Mohammed Khan presented the key note paper.
Dr Adil said: "We do not have enough free space, the gap between two buildings is almost nil, and waste is everywhere in Dhaka city."
"It is not possible to be free from dengue only by spraying insecticide," he said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is an epidemic if 15 people in 100,000 are affected. Bangladesh crossed that figure in July when 15,000 patients were admitted to hospitals, he added.
Professor Dr AKM Abul Kalam, former president of the BIP executive board said: " For a permanent solution we have to think about our environment and ecology."
"Currently we do not have a good ecology. We now have to think about how we can improve our ecosystem," he said.
Marketing Head at Sheltech (Pvt) Limited, Muhammad Ariful Islam, said: “Dengue comes year on year. Dengue will come again next year . So we have to go to the root cause of mosquito production."
BIP Advisor Salma A Shafi said: “Every city in the country is following Dhaka, which is unplanned. There is no accountability of how much is spent to import insecticide and how much is spent to spray insecticide."
"Kolkata is facing dengue with ward based committees, but we do not see that in our country. We do not even know our commissioners," she added.
BIP top brass, officials, and consultants of various government and international organizations spoke at the seminar.