HC asks mayors to probe failure of medicines

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:24, Jul 18,2019


The High Court Division on Wednesday directed Dhaka South City and Dhaka North City mayors to investigate why their medicines failed to contain mosquito menace.

The court also directed them to find out whether or not corruption had taken place in importing and spraying ineffective medicines.

The court also directed the mayors to immediately import fresh medicines to stamp out mosquitoes from the capital.

The court directed the mayors to submit compliance reports at the next hearing on August 20.

A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the directives while hearing a public interest litigation writ petition of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

The petitioner had sought directives to the mayors and the Department of Environment to spray water on the capital’s roads to stamp out aedes mosquito and control dusts and sound pollution.

The bench scolded mayor Sayeed Khokon for asking citizens on Tuesday not to be worried over dengue outbreak while visiting a dengue patient at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

‘How the mayor could make such irresponsible utterances after at least 21 people died of dengue and hundreds of others were suffering dengue infection,’ asked the court.

The victims’ families alone feel the pains when  dear ones die, it said.  

One feels bad to see citizens dying every day, it said.

‘But the situation does not hurt the corrupt as their children live abroad,’ it said.

The government should declare emergency to stamp out mosquito as a dengue epidemic is not far, it said.

The court said that there was no monitoring to see whether or not anti-mosquito medicines were regularly sprayed.

The court scolded the mayors for their failure to stamp out mosquito though they were cautioned before the advent of the rainy season that dengue and chikungunya outbreak could occur.   

The court rejected a icddr,b’s report submitted by city corporations’ lawyer as it was silent about the quality of medicines sprayed.

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