Dengue threat looms large

Proper hygiene and sanitation can help control the infestation of Aedes mosquitoes

Published : 03 Aug 2021 09:20 PM | Updated : 04 Aug 2021 12:24 AM

When the country is struggling hard to contain the spread of Covid-19,  dengue is posing a serious public health threat in capital Dhaka, Chattogram, other metropolitan cities and district towns. While a total of 978 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics across the country, around 287 new dengue patients got admitted to different hospitals till Monday. 

Both the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) have launched mosquito control and cleanliness drive at various places to control the infestation of Aedes mosquito, which is responsible for the transmission of deadly dengue virus. Reportedly, ten magistrates have been appointed in each of the city corporations to conduct mobile courts in the capital Dhaka in this regard.

 City-dwellers may witness a worse dengue outbreak 

this year if proper activities to control the infestation 

of Aedes mosquitos are not carried out immediately

We think the two city corporations alone cannot control the infestation of Aedes mosquito. Infestation of Aedes mosquitoes needs to be controlled by transforming clean-up activities into a social movement. City dwellers must discharge their responsibilities properly to this end.

Aedes mosquitoes lay their eggs in flower tubs, plastic containers, discarded tires, plastic drums, earthenware pots, buckets, tin cans, coconut shells or coconut garlands, containers, pots, battery cells, etc. Hence, at the household level, people need to be aware of this issue, and keep their houses clean. 

Aedes mosquitoes are unlikely to breed if people do not store water in their backyards, flower tubs, air conditioners, especially basements of under-construction or abandoned buildings, or keep a small amount of kerosene in clean or stored water for three consecutive days.

City dwellers and city corporations should work together in order to clean all possible breeding grounds of Aedes mosquito to prevent any outbreak of dengue and Chikungunya in the city and its outskirts. We all will have to be more cautious to protect ourselves from the dengue infection.