HC slams DSCC, DNCC for failure to prevent mosquito menace
Orders action against poor quality insecticide suppliers
Published : Thursday, 18 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 61
The High Court (HC) on Wednesday ordered the authorities of two city corporations in Dhaka to take legal action against those importing, supplying and purchasing poor quality insecticides which is resulting in failure to control mosquitoes.
The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader rebuked the authorities for their failure to handle corruption even in spreading insecticides while dengue fever is turning to epidemic form.
"A budget is allocated and people's tax money is spent every year to prevent the mosquito menace, but there is no result. The corrupt people don't feel bad at such incidents as their children live in foreign counties and they are not affected by Dengue fever," observed the court.
The order came during hearing of a writ petition on the measures implemented by the city corporations and its effectiveness in combating the spread of dengue fever.
The HC directed the city corporations to import and spray effective insecticide without delay to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne dengue fever. Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporations will have to submit a report on the progress of the initiatives by August 20.
The court said, "Around 21-22 people have reportedly died and thousands of people have been affected with dengue fever. It's a terrible situation. There is nothing left for the dengue fever to become an epidemic. The city corporations could not take effective steps to prevent mosquito menace although we have ordered them time and again to this effect."
"But the city corporations are saying, 'It's nothing.' The mayor says, 'nothing's happened.' How can a mayor make such an observation even after so many people died and have been affected with mosquito menace and dengue fever? ... change your approach," the court said.
Earlier, medicine had been sprayed from plane to control the mosquito, but it is not found now, the court said.
Advocate Manzill who filed the writ petition on behalf of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, a rights organization, said the DCCs have not taken any appropriate action against the people who are involved in the corruption.