The authorities must realize the importance of preventing the spawning and spreading of mosquitoes
The Dhaka South City Corporation’s (DSCC) initiative to launch a special hotline from July 15 to provide health care facilities for people affected by dengue and chikunguniya is a welcome and encouraging move -- one which shows that the authorities are aware of the problem and are looking for solutions.
While such initiatives are a step in the right direction, what cannot be ignored is how dengue continues to be a scourge for the people of Dhaka city, and reports that the number of dengue patients have nearly doubled in the last five months compared to that of the same period last year are nothing if not worrisome.
What is cause for added concern is the recent finding by researchers from International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) who stated that insecticides -- which are sprayed across all wards of the city -- have no effect on the adult mosquitoes as they have become resistant to the chemicals used.
It is of utmost importance for the health authorities to tackle the crisis as a priority -- this means raising public awareness and working to create an environment that prevents the breeding and spread of mosquitoes.
Keeping an eye on any place where stagnant water can remain is a step the general population can take to aid in prevention, while the authorities must ensure that the streets and neighbourhoods are clean, with rain water not being allowed to collect for long.
The hotline to provide health services is an admirable step, but in order to truly combat deadly mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikunguniya, the authorities must realize the importance of preventing the spawning and spreading of mosquitoes.