Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) is all set to begin a 10-day combing operation in areas under its juisdiction from tomorrow (Saturday) to destroy all breeding grounds of Aedes mosquitoes, carriers of both dengue and chikungunya.
This is the third combing operation against Aedes mosquitoes this year.
The operation will start from 10:00am and continue till 1:00pm every day except Friday. The wards will be divided into ten sectors and each sector will have 10 sub-sectors to make the operation successful, said a press release of the DNCC.
The DNCC teams will conduct the drives across all the 10 sub-sectors of a ward every day and they will cover all 54 wards under the DNCC, stated the release.
A team comprising four garbage management workers and one spray-man will take part in the operation in each sub-sector, while 40 garbage management workers and 10 spray-men will take part in each sector in the drive every day.
The teams will visit different establishments, houses and under construction buildings and check for breeding grounds of Aedes mosquitoes in the area.
They will collect pictures and addresses of the houses and other establishments and mobile numbers of its owners if they find Aedes larvae or breeding sources of Aedes mosquitoes there.
All data collected will be stored to prepare a database in monitoring the breeding sources properly afterwards, reads the release.
Nine entomologists of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), three entomologists of the DNCC and officials of health and garbage management of the DNCC will remain present during the drive.
DNCC mayor Atiqul Islam urged DNCC residents, councilors and journalists to extend their cooperation to make the operation successful.
He urged all residents to clear all stagnant water within three days of a week to keep them free from Aedes mosquitoes.