The High Court on Monday summoned the chief health officials of the two Dhaka City Corporations to appear before it to inform about the steps taken by the authorities in preventing outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya, and eliminating the breeding grounds of Aedes mosquitoes in the capital.
An HC bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi came up with the order after hearing on a suo moto rule issued by this bench on July 14.
The court ordered the respondents of the rule to submit a report about the steps taken by them to prevent dengue and chikungunya and to destroy the breeding grounds of the Aedes mosquitoes by Monday (July 22).
The report was submitted before the HC bench today; however, the court was unhappy with the report.
Assistant Attorney General Saira Firoz represented the state during the hearing.
Expressing dissatisfaction on the steps taken in preventing dengue outbreak in the capital, the HC bench summoned the chief health officials of Dhaka North and South city corporations to appear before it on Thursday (July 25).
On July 14, this HC bench issued the suo moto rule directing the authorities to take effective steps within 24 hours to eradicate Aedes mosquitoes from the capital and take preventive measures to stop the spread of dengue and chikungunya and, other similar diseases in the city.
In the rule, the HC also asked the respondents to explain within four weeks as to why their inaction to eliminate Aedes mosquitoes and stop the spread of dengue, chikungunya and similar other diseases in the city should not be declared illegal and as to why actions should not be taken against the persons responsible for failing to take effective steps for preventing those diseases.