DSCC ready to fight mosquito menace: Taposh

As the fear of possible dengue and chikungunya outbreak has gripped the residents of Dhaka amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has assured all of taking effective programmes to deal with the problem.

“From now on, larvae checking will start at 9 am and continue till 1 pm every day. Eight people will work in each ward…mosquito elimination through chemical spray will continue for four hours till 6 pm,” DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh told media.

The schedule of larvae checking and chemical spray has been changed and these two tasks will be continued throughout the year on a daily basis.

All ward councillors will engage in operating the mosquito eradication activities and the efforts will continue for 24 hours, the DSCC mayor said.

Taposh said he does not want city dwellers to be infected with dengue or chikungunya amid the outbreak of coronavirus.

He noted that these tasks were limited to just two hours every day but from now on city corporation employees will work eight hours a day throughout the year.

“We hope that the activities we have undertaken will prevent the spread of dengue. This time the mosquito repellent we’re using is of good quality,” he added.

He said the public will reap the benefits of their timely and necessary approach in eliminating mosquitoes.

“People are now aware of the places where work of killing mosquitoes is going on and they can even supervise it by themselves. I’m informed from the field level about it and optimistic that people will reap the benefits,” Taposh said.

Mosquitoes cannot be killed with insecticides alone, Taposh said adding that DSCC has undertaken an integrated mosquito eradication programme that is used worldwide.

He noted that alongside using repellants, work is in progress to clean various waterbodies and sewers spread across the city corporation areas.

“We are cleaning the waterbodies so that water can’t remain stagnant. Mosquitoes will not be able to lay eggs and spread even if the water flows,” he told media.

He also mentioned that a project is underway for farming duck and telapia in the waterbodies.

“This fish (tilapia) eats mosquito eggs. Fish will be caught using nets twice a month which will give us a two-fold benefit. When the net will be pulled, we will get fish, and the water will keep flowing, destroying dengue larvae and eggs,” he added.