The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) is going to resume its combing operations in every ward from Monday to protect the city dwellers from dengue fever caused by the bite of Aedes mosquitoes.
The clean-up drive will start from Monday and continue for the next 10 days from 9am to 12pm, reads a press release issued by DNCC. However, the operation will remain suspended on Friday.
Combing operations will be conducted in 10 sub-sectors every day. Thus, in the next 10 days, the operation will be completed in the entire DNCC.
Dhaka North Mayor Atiqul Islam informed all ward councilors and reserved seat councilors about the mosquito drive to tackle the dengue in a virtual meeting held on Saturday evening.
The mayor sought cooperation from ward councillors, reserved seat councillors, media personnel and people from all walks of life of the city corporation to make the mosquito control efforts fruitful.
"Dengue must be prevented collectively at any cost in the ongoing Corona situation," the mayor said. He also directed all councilors and councilors of reserved seats to be on the ground during the combing operation.
Pictures, addresses, mobile numbers and other necessary information about the houses or establishments where Aedes mosquito larvae or its breeding grounds will be found will be stored in an app instantly during the operations.
This will create a database of the areas where Aedes mosquitoes breed. According to the database, the areas will be monitored later.
Besides the operations, mobile courts headed by regional executive officers and executive magistrates will also conduct drives to control Aedes mosquito in Dhaka north areas.
A total of 40 health centres under the Northern City Corporation are being tested for dengue free of cost. The addresses of the centres have been disseminated in print and electronic media. Anyone can get a free dengue test at all these centres.
So far this year, Aedes larvae have been found in 2,686 buildings after conducting combing operations in 4,05550 houses.
During the drives, a mobile court fined the dwellings, where the dengue larvae were available, a total of Tk5,816,810.