Ecofarm as Official Supplier of Dengue Control Pesticide to Dhaka
Mayor Atiqul Islam announced at a news conference Wednesday that a newly imported insecticide would be used in fogging Dhaka North City from today.
He said that the new insecticide Malathrin was being mixed with kerosene and perfume for fogging.
He said that on tests at two labs Malathrin was found to be more effective in stamping out aedes mosquitos.
Atiq said that Malathrin was imported from Chinese Nanjing Ecofarm Biotechnology.
On August 1, the High Court Division asked e both the mayors of the capital to import insecticides that would be effective in stamping out aedes mosquitos.
Mayor Atiq said that Malathrin had been imported by Dhaka North Corporation to comply with a High Court directive to check dengue epidemic that already killed at least 78 citizens and hospitalized over 30,000 dengue patients.
Mayor Atiq offered apologies to the families of the citizens killed by dengue.
Atiq said that the DNCC took a licence from the Plant Protection Wing of the Department of Agricultural Extension for directly importing Malathrin.
He proposed for developing an Integrated National Vector Control Strategy for controlling the mosquito menace.
He said that the DNCC would work round the year to control the mosquito menace and keeping this gola in view appointed epidemiologists Dr Manjur A Chowdhury and Kabirul Bashar as consultants.
Present at the news conference at DNC Nagar Bhaban Jahangirnagar University Zoology professor Kabirul Bashar said he and Dr Manjur would provide policy support to the DNCC free of cost.
Also present, Dr Manjur said they prepared a three-step five-year action plan to control mosquito menace using environment friendly biological chemicals by involving the community.
He said that it took Kolkata 10 years to stamp out aedes mosquitos.