Shramadana in Western Province on June 21 -
Dengue prevention: spot fines on the negligent
Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana briefing the media.
Dehiwela-Mt Lavinia mayor Sunethra Ranasinghe and Western
Province Health Director Amal Harsha de Silva are also in
the picture. Picture by Lalith C Gamge
‘A spot fine will be imposed on persons who have neglected their
surroundings, resulting in creating mosquito breeding places, said
Western Province Health Director Amal Harsha de Silva at a press
conference held yesterday at Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana’s
office to announce details about the massive Shramadana campaign to be
held in the Western Province on June 21.
He further said that persons who refuse to pay the fine will be
prosecuted. “Those measures should be taken before the onset of the
rainy season. People are aware of the measures which need to be taken
for preventing dengue but they are not concerned enough to act on those
methods, he said.
Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam said that a national policy should be formulated
to clean our surroundings and make them free of mosquito breeding sites
in the first week of April and during a week in October. This should be
done before the onset of the rainy season. Western Province Entomologist
Dr Subhashini Ariyapperuma pointed out that the public is of the opinion
that it is government's responsibility to prevent dengue from spreading.
"But this cannot be done only by the government.