Chaotic construction works likely to trigger Dengue outbreak
A photo, recently published in the front page of this daily has shown how numerous construction sites and dug up drains on roads have turned into common breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Unplanned construction sites have also resulted in filling up the city canals. Tonnes of piled up garbage have been jamming the city's sewerage system, leaving the drains filled with stagnant water. Moreover, several incomplete buildings, halted or slowed down due to the Coronavirus pandemic have ended up storing building raw materials here and there. Therefore, we would not be surprised if a Dengue outbreak adds up with the continuing pandemic.
Not to mention that last year, the number of Aedes affected patients had crossed the six figure mark, half of them from Dhaka city alone. Of those, 179 died of the disease. The untimely monsoon rains this year is also threatening the spreading of Dengue considerably, aiding in breeding Aedes mosquitoes. Therefore, at a time when the country is seized with the virulent corona virus, health authorities must concurrently take all necessary steps to prevent a potential Dengue outbreak.
We have reiterated to remain alert in a number of our recent editorials. We also urged the administration and the two city corporation authorities to be watchful as it would be difficult tackling a new health crisis - as we have been wobbling to tackle one already. Note that the government formed a "Dengue Monitoring Cell" to fight the disease in the city.
How sincere has been the monitoring cell in executing its duties?
However, if authorities concerned fail tackling it then we might face another impending health disaster. We believe that the government is not prepared to shoulder an extra dengue outbreak, coupled with the poorly managed COVID - 19 health calamities.
Hence, we urge again to be careful and take the matter seriously. In order to deter Aedes mosquitoe breeding, we need specific and effective actions. The local administrators should be more accountable and active in this regard. They must point out the areas where there is a higher possibility for a Dengue outbreak. The city's drains, manholes and other places should be cleaned on a regular basis. Moreover, we also urge our citizens to be cautious and actively participate in the cleaning of their respective localities, especially house owners should be more careful and clean every nook and corner of their houses.
We must adopt all preventive measures to counter Dengue fever, and if necessary consider out-of-the-box methods.
With mutual cooperation we can prevent and defeat any form of health threat.