Mayors blame people for chikungunya, say not an epidemic 

Dhaka,  Fri,  18 August 2017
Published : 14 Jul 2017, 19:31:45
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Mayors blame people for chikungunya, say not an epidemic 

Mayors blame people for chikungunya, say not an epidemic 
FE Online Desk
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq has dismissed the accusations of negligence against his office for increasing number of chikungunya cases in the capital.

He claimed the viral disease was spreading fast because of mosquitoes inside households, rather than those in the city's drainage system, as per a report on bdnews24.com. 

 “The city corporation can't kill mosquitoes inside your homes. The ones breeding in the drainage pipes are not the main reasons behind the spread of chikungunya,” he told a media briefing on Friday.

“I can’t tie your mosquito nets, and I can't put insecticides in your water reservoirs. I can't kill the mosquitoes that breed on the surface of the clean water you store inside your homes."

His city corporation was killing more mosquitoes than it does usually, he said. “I don’t know what more we can do.”

Earlier, Heath Minister Mohammed Hanif criticised the city's extermination and cleaning drives for being inadequate and blamed the mayor’s office for the rising number of chikungunya cases in Dhaka.  

The mayor complained that his office was not given any warning about Chikungunya, which could have helped in making preparations for the crisis.

Meanwhile, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon, at a function, said chikungunya is not an epidemic, reports Jamuna Television, Channel 24.

He also said that the viral disease will be brought under control within a month.
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