Public health at stake for Chikungunya: BNP

Dhaka, July 16 – BNP on Sunday alleged that the public health is now at stake as Chikungunya has spread across the country like an epidemic due to the government’s ‘failure’ to eradicate mosquitoes, reports UNB.

Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also questioned how and where the two city corporations spent several hundred crores of taka in the name of mosquito-killing drive.

“Chikungunya has spread like an epidemic due to the prevalence of mosquitoes in the capital. But, the two Dhaka city corporations have talked about spending of hundreds of crore taka for destroying mosquitoes. There’s no minimum sign of killing mosquitoes though huge money has been spent. Where has actually gone the money?” he said.

The BNP leader alleged that the two mayors are making ‘unguarded’ remarks to hide their ‘failure’ to kill mosquitoes. “The mayors’ comments have triggered a serious reaction among the city dwellers.”

Chikungunya has spread fast in the capital with the start of monsoon this year. According to the World Heath Organization (WHO), Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes causing fever and severe joint pain.

Apart from the mosquito menace, Rizvi said city dwellers are also going through immense sufferings as the city corporations cannot provide them with necessary services. “The roads in the capital have become like canals due to unplanned road digging during the monsoon, inflicting unbearable sufferings on people. The government in no way can avert the responsibility for it.”

The BNP leader also said people in flood-affected areas are passing tough time for lack of food and drinking water as the government has failed to stand beside them with adequate relief materials.

He claimed their local party leaders and activists are carrying out relief activities, on behalf of the party, responding to their chairperson’s call.