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ACC to probe DNCC's mosquito insecticide procurement.

Anti-Corruption Commi-ssion (ACC) has started an investigation if there had been any corruption in procuring the mosquito insecticides by Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). ACC has already collected relevant tender documents floated between 2015 and 2019. The findings of the investigation will be submitted to the commission, said a press release of the anti-graft body on Sunday. Earlier in the day, the ACC received an allegation through its hotline -- 106 -- that a syndicate is controlling the import of mosquito insecticides.

The DNCC last year procured mosquito insecticide without conducting an effective test on Aedes mosquitoes, the press release said holding the negligence responsible for the dengue outbreak. Based on the allegation, the ACC formed a team led by its Assistant Director Rashedul Islam, who began a drive to discover the truth, the press release said. It is found that in previous years the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) alone carried out the test of the insecticides on culex mosquito. On the basis of the result, the DNCC imported the medicine, said the ACC suggesting the DNCC carry out the test of the insecticides on the Aedes mosquitoes before importing it.

The ACC found that 'Limit Agro Products Limited' has been supplying the mosquito insecticides to the DNCC for the last four years. In January this year, DNCC gave work order to 'Nicon Limited' for importing the mosquito insecticides to prevent the outbreak of dengue.

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Publication:The News Today (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Date:Aug 5, 2019
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