POST TIME: 7 August, 2019 09:29:39 AM
Dengue yet to come under control: Quader
Ward councillors rebuked for not conducting anti-dengue drives

Dengue yet to come under control: Quader

Obaidul Quader. File Photo

Expressing disagreement with the health minister’s statement on dengue outbreak, Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader said yesterday that the overall situation has not improved yet. “The number of dengue infected patients in the capital is increasing day by day. So, it is not true that the dengue outbreak is under control. Dengue is yet to come under control. This is the reality,” he said this while speaking to the media at the party headquarters at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city.

AL joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, its organising secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Enamul Haque Shamim, central committee members Kamrul Islam and SM Kamal Hossain, AL Dhaka south city general secretary Shahe Alam Murad, Haji Selim, MP, and others were present.

On Monday, health minister Zahid Maleque had claimed that the number of people infected with dengue fever has come down, as a social movement has begun across the country to build awareness against the mosquito-borne disease.

Quader, who is also the AL spokesperson, iterated his call to the city mayors and ward councillors to work earnestly to curb the dengue outbreak. “No one—be they MPs, ministers, mayors, or even journalists—will be spared from the bite of the Aedes mosquito. So, be careful and work as per instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.

Expressing dissatisfaction over ward councillors not conducting party sponsored cleanliness programmes in their respective wards, Quader said anti-dengue campaigning is not being conducted properly in most of the wards. “There are 109 wards in Dhaka city, but the anti-dengue campaigning was conducted in only nine of them, which is very unfortunate. We have to be careful and work in line with the party president Sheikh Hasina’s prescription to overcome the prevailing crisis,” he added.

He also called upon the party’s ward presidents and general secretaries to cooperate with city councillors in carrying out cleanliness drives.

Stating that Aedes is a deadly type of mosquito, Quader said once the insect gets the chance, it will bite. He called upon people to stay alert against the Aedes mosquito and continue cleanliness drives to prevent the spread of dengue. “We carried out anti-dengue progarmmes in some places. After that, the Aedes mosquito and its breeding grounds were not destroyed at all the places. Dengue could not be prevented. And that’s why we should stay alert against the Aedes mosquito,” he said.

The AL general secretary said cleanliness is a precondition of destruction of mosquito breeding grounds. So, cleanliness programmes must continue.

About the comments of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on dengue rumours, Quader said: “Had there been no media in the country, a big party like the BNP would not have been found. They have failed in all fields. They do not come forward to prevent dengue. They do not stand by flood victims. Their residential representative only holds press conferences.”