“We have started the drive in order to eradicate larvae of Aedes mosquito from different holdings of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) areas,” said DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon while inaugurating the drive on Satmasjid road.
The drive will be conducted at every household of 5,057 holdings (100 holdings in each ward) under DSCC for the next two weeks, as Aedes mosquito prefers to breed in clean, stagnant water, the mayor told The Daily Star.
Aedes mosquito is the carrier of dengue and Chikungunya viruses to human body. Last year, the disease began to spread from late March.
According to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), a total of 13, 814 people contracted Chikungunya between April 7, 2017 and April 28, 2017. At least 584 persons suffered from dengue.
“The team of DSCC will also give training to residents of the households on how to destroy Aedes larvae where it breeds,” Sayeed Khokon added.
A report will be made based on the two-week drive and further actions will be taken based on it, he said.
Legal actions will be taken against residents of the households where larvae and breeding grounds would still be found after the DSCC teams’ training, the mayor added.
He said they have started the drive taking the experience of last year.
He said if people of different areas and imams of different mosques come forward to raise awareness among people, they will be able to eradicate Aedes mosquito from the city.