Eliminating mosquitoes is the greatest need of the hour, but we must also remain conscious of any possible side effects
There is no doubt that mosquitoes are a serious problem for Dhaka, not just because they are a nuisance, but also because they create serious health risks.
Indeed, the mosquito menace contributes significantly to the lack of liveability in the capital city, and there is never any respite from the problem.
Recently, the country witnessed yet another dengue outbreak, which can be blamed largely on the city corporations, which have neglected to understand the gravity of the problem.
Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya have taken an incalculable toll on not just our capital city, but the entire country, with hospitals finding themselves overburdened with patients, straining our health care infrastructure.
DNCC is at least taking a few steps now, and that is worth commending -- machinery has been purchased for the elimination of mosquitoes. Mist blowers can destroy malaria eggs and larvae and disease-carrying mosquitoes found in the sewers, and fogging machines can kill adult mosquitoes which also carry viruses.
Moreoever, it is of the utmost importance to consult experts to make sure damage is not being done to people’s health or the environment in the process. Indeed, eliminating mosquitoes is the greatest need of the hour, but we must also remain conscious of any possible side effects.
In the longer run, we must more do than simply kill mosquitoes: We have to create a healthy environment where mosquitoes do not breed in the first place. Stagnant pools of water keep forming all over the city every time it rains, and if that remains the case, the mosquito problem will keep coming back every year, no matter how many mosquitoes we manage to kill.