They began the drive after receiving a letter from the Chittagong Civil Surgeon office
Aiming to curb mosquito-borne diseases, Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) authorities have launched a special anti-mosquito drive at Chittagong Central Jail.
Jailor Nasir Ahmed of Chittagong Central Jail told Dhaka Tribune that the special mosquito eradication program began on Monday.
After receiving a letter from the Chittagong Civil Surgeon office, the CCC authorities have decided to launch the program.
Chittagong Civil Surgeon Dr Azizur Rahman Siddique said the prison houses 10,600 people, including under-trail, convicted prisoners and jail staff.
"It may take an alarming turn if dengue fever breaks out in the jail. A letter has therefore been sent to the CCC mayor, requesting him to launch a special anti-mosquito drive," the civil surgeon said.
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Chittagong Central Jail has the capacity of accommodating 1853 prisoners. However, the jail overflows with four to five times more inmates than its capacity.
According to Chittagong Civil Surgeon office, a current total of 24 dengue patients have been identified in Chittagong since January.
After receiving treatment at various private hospitals in Chittagong from July 1 till July 20, 11 out of 24 dengue patients have returned home.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka University student has been identified on Monday in Chittagong, as affected by dengue.
Dr Akhterul Islam, deputy director of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) said the Dhaka University student is undergoing treatment at the hospital's medicine ward.
On July 15, CCC Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin inaugurated an anti-mosquito drive at Ward No-21 (Jamal Khan area).
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A total of 100 CCC workers were given the task to destroy mosquito larvae, Shafiqul Mannan Sidique, CCC chief conservancy officer, said.
Under the program, the workers will use a fogger machine and three hand sprays at each of 41 wards every week, the officer said, adding that the drive will continue until further instruction.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the mayor urged the city dwellers to keep their surroundings clean and not to let water be clogged in flower tubs or any other pots inside houses and yards.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus.
Typically, symptoms begin three to fourteen days after infection from mosquito bites. This may include high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and skin rash.