Int’l team due for aedes solution

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 20,2019


A joint team of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Health Organisation of the United Nations would reach Dhaka on Wednesday to find a long-term solution for containing the spread of aedes mosquitos.   

‘The main objective of the team will be to assess the feasibility of sterile insect technique (SIT) in controlling aedes mosquitos,’ the Bangladesh permanent mission to the UN offices in Vienna of Austria said in a press release on Monday.

The team would be on a three-day visit.

The sterile insect technique is an environmentally-friendly pest control method involving mass-rearing and sterilisation, using radiation, of a target pest.

 The sterilised males would be released systematically by air over defined areas, where they would mate with wild females resulting in no offspring and a declining population of the pest.

The team is expected to help Bangladesh in its efforts to successfully tackle the diseases caused by the aedes mosquito population in the country.

The IAEA has approved the expert mission undertaken following an initiative taken by the Bangladesh embassy and permanent mission in Vienna.

‘We are trying to avail the best possible scientific know-how to tackle the aedes mosquitos’ with prompt response from the IAEA, Bangladesh ambassador and permanent representative in Vienna M. Abu Zafar said announcing the visit of the team.

At least 115 people died of dengue so far, according to unofficial estimate, although the government statistics put the death toll at 40.

Till now, 54,797 dengue patients were hospitalised this year, according to the government control room.

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