Health Desk- 3 July, 2019: The High Court on Tuesday directed the two Dhaka city corporations to take effective steps to prevent the mosquito menace in the capital, and thus control the alarming spread of dengue fever.
The HC also asked the city authorities to submit separate compliance reports in two weeks and fixed July 17 for further hearing on this issue.
The mayors and chief executive officers of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have been asked to include the steps already taken to prevent the mosquito menace in their reports.
The High Court came up with the directive as the dengue situation in the country is getting worse this year. The number of people infected in May and June this year is more than five times higher compared with the same period last year.
According to a report of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 193 people were infected with dengue in May and 1,671 more in June. However, the number was 52 in May and 295 in June last year.
Experts said climate change effects, intermittent rain, changing pattern of weather and lack of cleanliness were the main reasons for this increase in dengue cases.