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ED: Taking the mosquito problem seriously

  • Published at 09:16 pm August 24th, 2020
Dengue Mosquito
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The problem of the spread of dengue is closely tied to various other management failures in the city

Dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic has required all hands on deck, and as such, all other problems have taken a backseat. However, we must remember that there are other threats to public health, which, if left unaddressed, can result in significant loss of life.

Ever since dengue fever broke out in Bangladesh, it has recurred annually, causing great suffering and overloading the medical system. This year, with our health care infrastructure already burdened beyond breaking point by the Covid-19 pandemic, it simply cannot handle another dengue epidemic. As such, we must take all measures to prevent its spread. Prevention is always better than cure, but this year the stakes are higher.

The lion’s share of responsibility in the capital rests with our city corporations. Kudos to Dhaka South City Corporation for conducting combing operations at different parts of the capital in order to destroy breeding grounds of Aedes mosquitoes. This is a tall order, since Dhaka, full of stagnant water bodies, provides Aedes with the perfect breeding grounds.

It must be remembered, however, that the problem of the spread of dengue is closely tied to various other management failures in the city. The lack of a properly functioning drainage system is one of the main culprits behind the accumulation of dirty water all over the city. This is compounded by littering and the rampant use of plastic bags, which further clog up the drains, which are inadequate in the first place.

Destroying breeding grounds is a noble effort, but in the longer run, we must work towards a more sustainable solution -- Aedes mosquitoes should not have places in which to thrive and breed in the first place.

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