Dhaka South City Corporation has counted 40 percent financial loss in 2018-19 fiscal year in buying mosquito insecticides at a high price, said a report of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today.
There was a lack of coordination between the two city corporations in reducing Aedes mosquitoes, TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman said while revealing the report at the Midas Centre in the capital.
The South City Corporation bought medicines from the Dockyard and Engineering Works Limited, which was blacklisted by the North. Iftekharuzzaman said 40 percent money of the South City Corporation was embezzled in the process.
He said the authorities concerned did not take necessary steps to control Aedes mosquito. Measures were taken on ad hoc basis and most of the steps were taken just to show off.
TIB researchers M Zulkarnain and Mostafa Kamal presented the report titled "Challenges and Ways to Control Aedes Mosquito in Dhaka".
The report said the North City Corporation bought the same medicines at Tk217 from the Limit Agroproducts Ltd while the South bought the medicine at Tk378 per litre from Dockyard and Engineering Works and incurred a loss of Tk161 per litre.
According to the report, the two city corporations have no laboratories of their own and entomologists to test the effectiveness of pesticides.