Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam has said that the government is taking initiatives to reduce or withdraw duties on the import of necessary drugs and equipment to kill Aedes mosquitoes.
The minister also said that mosquitoes are under control now than at any time in the past.
He said this at the press briefing after the 7th inter-ministerial meeting held at the ministry on Zoom to review the activities of city corporations and other ministries/departments/departments/organizations to prevent dengue in the whole country including Dhaka metropolis.
The local government minister said that since the import duty of mosquito killer drugs is much higher than that of agricultural pesticides, demands have been made by the mayors of the city corporation to free or reduce the duty on the import of effective mosquito killer drugs and equipment.
Mentioning that they have been asked to write letters to the mayors in view of this demand, the minister said that a decision will be taken after discussion with the concerned authorities.
There is no mosquito-free country anywhere in the world. Tajul Islam said, mosquitoes are under control in our country more than any time in the past.
And this has been possible due to the joint efforts of all concerned including the Ministry and all City Corporations under the Ministry following the instructions of the Prime Minister.
He also said that he himself visited various canals, reservoirs and residential and under-construction buildings even during the Corona epidemic.
We are working on how we can play a stronger role in Aedes mosquito control in the coming days. In this context, the minister told reporters that only one company used to supply medicine to the country from abroad to kill Aedes mosquitoes.
We have broken that monopoly. No negligence will be tolerated in preventing dengue outbreaks. Strict monitoring is being done in this regard, he said.
The local government minister said that there is no alternative to the awareness of the city dwellers to solve the mosquito and other problems in the country including the capital.
If the city dwellers do not destroy their courtyards i.e. mosquito breeding grounds, then it is not possible to prevent them even by conducting mobile courts and jail fines.
We are all working together to control the Aedes mosquito. There is no shortage of mosquito repellent anywhere. The minister mentioned that people are at ease compared to any time in the past.
Earlier, the Mayor/Representatives of all City Corporations, Senior Secretaries of Local Government Departments along with Secretaries of various Ministries and concerned authorities participated in the Zoom meeting chaired by the Minister of Local Government.