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On Saturday, a news came in several dailies which quoted the expert’s opinion saying that an early return of Aedes mosquitoes, carriers of viruses that cause dengue and chikungunya, well before the monsoon season raises concern, especially in view of the epidemic prevalence of dengue and chikungunya that it were in the past year.
The menace has already hampered city life severely, stopping students from being attentive to their studies or general peoples from doing any works with due concentration. The situation has reached such an alarming level that city residents have come to complain that it is not possible to sleep even during the daytime without setting up a mosquito bed net.
The findings of a recent survey that the disease control wing of the health services directorate general has conducted point out the impending danger of the problem that the city authorities responsible for mosquito control seem to have so far ignored.
The survey has found high presence of Aedes mosquitoes in 19 neighbourhoods of the capital city. The study also defined these areas as the most risky zone. Many of the guardians are already reported to have been unwilling to send children to schools in fear of the diseases that could spread from mosquito bites.
The authorities are monotonously claiming to accomplish their jobs and always trying to shift the responsibilities upon the general citizens and their consciousness.
What yet remains worrisome is that if the situation is what it is now, with three more months for the monsoon season to set in, it is an easy guess about how fearful would the situation be when the rainy season will have set in. Residents keep blaming the city authorities for not doing adequately to contain the mosquito menace.
Admitting that the mosquito menace has become acute, the Dhaka South City Corporation, which claims to have been fully prepared to tackle the situation, seems to have washed out its hand of the issue asking the residents to keep their neighbourhoods clean and passing the blame onto the shortage of human resources. The city corporation has also sought to pass the blame onto the natural condition that is favourable for mosquito breeding rather than trying to shore up what it needs to do.
While, the Dhaka North City Corporation has, however, sought to say that its failure to run mosquito control drives in many areas is because of the presence illegal structures in water bodies and because of the shortage of human resources. This all seems to be lame excuses as the city authorities mandated to afford the residents relief from mosquito menace and people pay, in the form of taxes, the city authorities for such civic amenities.
The city authorities have not been known, especially in the past few years, for their fight against mosquito menace, for which they often blame lack of human resources and logistics. But that trend should be changed now. The DNCC and DSCC should understand that people would hardly accept similar excuses for years. It is, therefore, imperative for the city corporations to get down to containing the menace before it causes epidemic weighing heavily on public health.