Dhaka North City Corporation declared to start anti-culex mosquito drive from today with newly-approved insecticide Novaluron, an eco-friendly 4th generation mosquito repellent.
The new tablet-size repellent would remain effective for 90 days after single use, claimed DNCC in a press release.
DNCC deputy chief health officer Lieutenant Colonel Md Golam Mostafa Sarwar said that, after three months of clinical trial, DNCC was going to implement it at field level for the first time in Bangladesh. He said that despite its high price, the repellent was cost effective as they found it functional for next 90 days after use.
‘A local firm supplied the latest anti-larvae repellent manufactured in the UK with Canadian formula,’ he said.
Entomologist and former president of the Zoological Society Bangladesh, Manjur A Chowdhury, said that the repellent was good but its effectiveness depended on its formulation and perfect dosing.
He said that generally it remain effective for a month after use. ‘If the DNCC fail to use properly, it will not be effective,’ he said.
Entomologists said that one tablet would be required for each 10 litres of water where mosquito could breed. The repellent kills mosquito at larvae stage, not adult.
It is a chemical product but eco-friendly and safe for human being and other insects, said DNCC officials.
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