The High Court (HC) on Wednesday again expressed dissatisfaction over the measures taken by Dhaka's two city corporations in controlling dengue outbreak.
The HC bench of justices Tariq-ul Hakim and Md Shohrowardi directed the city corporations to spray mosquito killing medicines to destroy Aedes mosquito breeding grounds.
On August 19, another HC bench comprising justices FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Quamrul Kader expressed dissatisfaction over the issue.
The court then said responsible people of the two city corporations did not take preventive measures in time. If steps had been taken, the current situation could have been prevented.
Earlier in July, the same bench observed that the dengue situation in Dhaka was nothing short of an epidemic.
However, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon then said the prevalence of dengue virus in Dhaka could not yet be called an epidemic.
On August 26, the Directorate General of Health Services confirmed that the official death toll caused by the mosquito-borne disease is now 52. Of them, 39 people died while undergoing treatment in private hospitals.
Private sources, however, claim that the figure has exceeded 173.