Places of religious worship, some luxury hotels breed dengue -
Almost all places of religious worship and luxury hotels in the
Western Province maintain potential dengue mosquito breeding grounds in
their premises, a sample survey conducted by the entomological unit of
the Medical Research Institute has revealed.
Two schools, 31 places of worship and 15 hotels and tourist resorts
were subjected to this sample survey conducted in the Colombo, Gampaha
and Kalutara districts on June 1 and almost all of them had potential
mosquito breeding grounds, said a spokesman for the Health Ministry
The spokesman said of the 31 places of worship inspected 25 had
potential mosquito breeding places while the two schools surveyed had
fish tanks, blocked gutters, indoor refrigerators and plastic ware with
a high tendency of providing breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
All the 15 hotels and tourist resorts inspected were teeming with
potential mosquito breeding places.
These included refrigerators, air conditioners, rexine tanks, broken
plastic furniture, earthen pots fixed to the electrical circuit and
other plastic ware.
Among the potential mosquito breeding spots found in places of
worship were empty coconut shells, plastic ware, water receptacles,
bamboo pieces and cemented tanks.
Owners of these luxury hotels and heads of schools and places of
worship were severely warned to destroy all such potential breeding
grounds with immediate effect and that strict legal action would be
taken against them if they failed to comply with the order. It was also
pointed out that these breeding places would be ideal for filaria
mosquitoes too and the campaign to completely eliminate filaria from the
country too would fail if they continued to maintain mosquito breeding
places in their compounds.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has pointed out that
certain institutions have still failed to support the activities of the
Dengue control month implemented by the Ministry in collaboration with
the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Control.
PHIs and other officials engaged in dengue control activities have
also earned the ire of certain people.
The minister has requested the people to co-operate with the PHIs and
other officers visiting their homes and institutions by considering them
as their friends.