Take prior measures to control Aedes: PM to mayors
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked the newly elected mayors and councillors of Dhaka North and South city corporations to take effective measures in advance to control the dengue borne Aedes mosquitoes ahead of the rainy season.
“Dengue is now appeared as a problem. You (newly elected Mayors and councillors) would have to take measures against the mosquito (Aedes) from now,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected mayor and councillors of the Dhaka north and south city corporations at her office here this morning.
She also asked them to ensure proper utilisation of the anti-mosquito medicines in controlling the Aedes, saying, “You would have to make your best possible efforts in checking dengue keeping in mind that mosquitoes can’t eat up your votes.”
The premier also asked them to carry out the directives of the government for the welfare of the people in their localities.
She also asked them to take necessary measures to check coronavirus in line with the government initiatives to check coronavirus.
In this context, she said her government has already dedicated a hospital and given training to the physicians and nurses as part of the precautionary measures.
Earlier, the Prime Minister administered the oath of office to Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam at Shapla Hall of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) here.
Besides, Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Minister Md Tazul Islam administered the oath of offices to 172 councillors from the general wards and reserved women’s seats in the two city corporation at the same venue.
The polls to the DSCC and DNCC were held on February 1.
Awami League-backed candidates- Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Atiqul Islam-swept the elections as residents of the capital elected their mayors to hold the offices of DSCC and DNCC for next five years.
Alongside the two elected mayors, 100 councillors – 75 general councillors from 75 ward and 25 women councillors from 25 reserved seats-were elected in DSCC, while 72 councillors – 54 general councillors from 54 ward and 18 women councillors from 18 reserved seats-in DNCC.
However, the newly elected mayors and councillors will have to wait until the middle of May to take charge as the five-year tenure of the incumbent representatives of DSCC will expire on May 17 while that of DNCC on May 13 next.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Minister Md Tazul Islam and the newly elected mayors were also present on the dais.