Health minister Mohammad Nasim on Tuesday questioned the two city corporations’ sincerity in eliminating mosquitoes saying their inefficiency allowed the outbreak of the disease in the capital, reports BSS.
Criticizing the cities’ step in combating the menace he said, “This is not our (health ministry) duty to clean up the city . .
. this time the city corporations were not sincere in cleaning the city and eradicate mosquitoes resulting in the outbreak of Chikungunya.”
He came up with the statements while addressing a World Population Day discussion at Osmani Memorial Hall today.
State Minister Zahid Maleque, who also joined the function, blasted as well the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) saying they were “responsible for spread of the Chikungunya virus”.
Nasim, however, noted that Chikungunya was not a “deadly disease” though the virus carried by mosquitoes identical to that of dengue carriers.
The minister said the health ministry took adequate measures to stop the spread of Chikungunya by enhancing treatment facilities and organising an awareness campaign in the form of road rallies participated by all government ministries, 10,000 students and staff of government medical colleges.