Anti-mosquito drive in Dhaka city

Mosquito is a great problem in different parts of Dhaka city. Dhaka city corporation often takes several steps to prevent this problem. A news published in Daily New Age stated that, The start of the 10-day special anti-mosquito drive of the Dhaka City Corporation has been delayed by a month after suppliers failed to provide insecticides on time, adding to the sufferings of the city dwellers.
The ‘crash programme’, which was scheduled to start in November, is now due to take place from December 7 to 17 with 691 mosquito control employees working in 10 zones of the corporation.
The corporation’s chief health officer, Brig Gen Mohammad Nasir Uddin, told New Age that they had started the process of buying insecticides in July, 2010 – but they had to cancel the first tender as only a few bidders had applied, and because the papers were incomplete.
He added that further delay was caused by the tender process for the second time.
The delay has been causing real problem for the residents of Dhanmondi, Jatrabari, Banani, Dhaka University area, Hatirpul, Mirpur, Rampura, and Banasree who have told New Age that they were experiencing an increased mosquito menace.
Dhanmondi 9/A resident Anupam said mosquitoes in his area were increasing requiring people to use extra anti-mosquito protection at home at night.
‘We have to keep our children inside the mosquito net and close doors and windows of the house for mosquitoes,’ he said.
Rubaba Tajrin, resident of Jatrabari, said mosquitoes were attacking the inhabitants not only at night but also during the day time.
‘If you do not close your windows and doors in the evening, it is hard to stay in rooms at night as lots of mosquitoes will annoy you,’ said East Rampura’s resident Nahed Akhter.

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