Sunday, June 8, 2008

Mosquito menace continues to cause sufferings to Rajshahi residents


Mosquito menace continues to cause sufferings to people of Rajshahi city.

There was no drive against mosquito in the city due to shortage of fund in last one and a half years.

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) authorities said they were unable to contain mosquito menace as their limited resources are being used in other areas.

"Our mosquito control activities are now restricted to areas where government establishments are located," said RCC Chief Executive Officer Korban Ali.

"We have already stopped using fogger machines for public places for fund constraint although spraying mosquito larvicides is still going on in certain areas, said Dr Rizvi Sultan, RCC chief health officer.

This year only Tk 7.20 lakh has been earmarked from revenue budget for controlling mosquito menace.

"The amount is inadequate, and the situation will improve only when more funds will be available from development fund," said Dr Rizvi.

Lack of skilled manpower is another problem, he said, adding, "We have sought government approval for skilled manpower."

According to mosquito department sources, of the 43 fogger machines, 27 are now out of order.

The remaining 16 fogger machines remain idle.

Anti-mosquito coils, which are hazardous for health, are being used at several wards including that of children at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital, said sources.

The city residents have already expressed their dissatisfactions over the mosquito control initiative of the city corporation.

Acting RCC Mayor Rejaunnabi Dudu, however, called for cleanliness at home and outside.

"Clogged-up drains is one of the major reasons for mosquito menace," he added.

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