Bedbugs have made life miserable for dorm students at public universities across the country. They have become common companions for many resident students of the country’s public universities.
Because of bedbug menace, thousands of residential students of public universities suffer a lot hampering studies.
While talking to daily sun, Masum Mia, a resident student of Sir AF Rahman Hall at Dhaka University (DU), said, “Menace of bedbugs has multiplied our woes.”
Russel Ahmed, another resident student of Mir Mosharraf Hossain Hall of Jahangirnagar University (JU), said, “We are often embarrassed when the bugs crawl out from our clothes in public.”
Prof Dr Md Niamul Naser of JU Zoology Department, said, “Bugs intensify their bites mainly in the summer.”
“Bugs can be eradicated only through fumigation, a method for removal of insects through application of chemicals, smoke or gas,” he suggested.
The hall authorities can take crash programmes for fumigating entire halls at a time, he said.
“There is no alternative but to keep the hall surrounding clean to get rid of bugs,” he observed.
Prof Dr Sharmin Musa of JU Zoology Department informed that bug stings might cause secondary infection creating scar on the skin.
“As a result, the students have to suffer both mentally and physically, affecting their studies,” she stated.
While visiting different halls of various universities, this correspondent found bugs everywhere, in beds, tables, chairs, books, papers, clothes and essential belongings of resident students.
Md Fahim, a resident student of Suhrawardy Hall of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), said, “We can’t sit comfortably on chairs during study. We have to pass sleepless nights for nights together due to bedbug menace.”
“The situation is going from bad to worse each day,” he lamented.
Julekha Parvin Juthi, a resident student of Begum Khaleda Zia Hall at Rajshahi University (RU), said, “Because of the menace, I could not do well in last semester final exam.”
“The hall administration should take immediate steps to mitigate our sufferings,” he suggested.
Mokarrama Afrin, another resident student of Begum Khaleda Zia Hall at Chittagong University (CU), said “There is hardly any room left among all residential halls of the university that is not infested by bedbugs.” “It happened due to negligence of the university and the hall authorities,” he added.
Taslima Akhter, a resident student of DU Begum Rokeya Hall, called upon the university authorities and hall administration to launch drives to protect students from the clutch of the ‘blood-suckers.’
Md Jewel Mia, the house tutor of DU Bijoy Ekattor Hall, said the nuisance of bugs is comparatively less in my hall as I try to keep hall premises neat and clean.”
“However, If we get any complaint from students, we shall definitely look into the matter seriously,” he assured.