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‘Chemicals should not be used to eradicate dengue’

The public should refrain from using harmful chemicals to disinfect dengue breeding grounds as such chemicals could be dangerous even to human life, National Institute of Infectious Diseases ( IDH), Consultant Physician Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama said.

He made these remarks at the National Council for the Deaf (NCD) AGM held in Colombo. Dr. Wijewickrama had also undergone post graduate training in infectious diseases including Dengue, SARS, Avian flu and other emerging infections. He is a member of the editorial board of the “Guidelines for the Management of Dengue Fever and DHF in adults in Sri Lanka” and a pioneer in improving clinical management of Dengue in Sri Lanka.

He said the dengue menace can be completely eliminated from the environment if relevant authorities take stringent measures to encourage the public, especially schoolchildren, to cleanse the environment everyday by destroying discarded plastic vessels, tyres, flower pots, tins, rubber, and polythene papers among others. “In addition, mosquitoes also lay eggs in dirty soil, toilet bowls, drains, under dry leaves, air conditioner trays and many other places where water gets collected and remain stagnant,” he said . Even doctors, nurses and other relevant health authorities are regularly educated on measures which are to be taken to stop spreading dengue menace, he said.

“Mosquitoes are breeding in roof gutters and therefore architects and engineers should develop proper roof gutter system where mosquitoes cannot lay eggs,” he said.NCD Senior Director Maud Senaratne said the Council is managing a school for the benefit of deaf children of low income groups and these students will be directed to job orientation programmes.

NCD President Dr. W. Ratnayake and Director Shirani Dissanayake were present.

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