Massive dengue eradication drive at state bodies
A massive dengue eradication drive will begin at all government
institutions from today under the direction of Health Minister
Maithripala Sirisena and Defence and Urban Development Ministry
Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakasa.
The anti- dengue campaign is to be held held under the supervision of
Presidential Task Force on Dengue Eradication and the Tri Forces, the
Police and the Civil Defence Force.
All government institutions including corporations, authorities,
departments and ministries will be inspected by health officials from
today to ensure they are free of mosquito breeding sites.
Meanwhile, a release issued by the Information Department under the
hand of Additional Information Director General Chandrapala Liyanage
The government yesterday urged the public to work closely with all
institutions and organisations to prevent dengue from spreading rapidly
throughout the island.
The dengue epidemic which was once confined only to urban areas has
now spread even to semi urban and rural areas. Deaths of children and
elders are reported and many hospitalised as a result of dengue fever.
The government took a number of initiatives to control the spread of
Dengue and a Presidential Task Force (PTF) was also appointed in this
regard. On the direction of PTF officials, Secretary to the President
Lalith Weeratunga issued a circular to government institutions to take
prompt action to control dengue with immediate effect.
It was also informed to submit a monthly progress report to the
Health Ministry mentioning anti- Dengue programmes undertaken by the
The government reiterated the importance of all segments working
together to overcome this situation.
Knowing the impending danger, the Health Ministry and its subsidiary
institutions have joined hands again to curb the menace from the island.
A dengue eradication month has been declared from June 25 to July 25
and many programmes will be launched during this period. All public and
private institutions' domestic environments will be checked and mosquito
breeding places will be destroyed.
In addition, a massive awareness campaign through posters, cutouts,
banners and hand outs will be carried out throughout the country. Around
50 micro biologist teams have been appointed. They will assist to find
out places where mosquitoes breed.
Meanwhile, the support of the three Forces and the Police will be
utilised to destroy mosquito breeding places in the Colombo district.
Special wards and treatment will be available in each hospital during
Stern action will be taken against those found guilty of having
mosquito breeding places.