Rapid Expansion Forces to combat dengue: Health Ministry | Daily News

Rapid Expansion Forces to combat dengue: Health Ministry

File photo

 

The Health Ministry has set up 10 Rapid Expansion Forces (REFs) to address the issue of dengue in the country, Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala said.

He said a three-day intensive dengue control programme is to be launched tomorrow, following the successful completion of the first one between June 30 and July 2.

Dr. Mahipala said that six of the ten REF teams would be based in Colombo and work the district, and four would be based in Gampaha and attend to that district.

He said that teams would be tasked with responding immediately to the threat of dengue, by ‘fogging’ an area the radius of a half a kilometer from where a dengue patient is reported.

Dr. Mahipala said the three-day intensive dengue control programme to begin tomorrow would focus on 60 high-risk areas in the country.

A total of 750 inspection teams will move from house to house, inspecting premises for dengue breeding sites, he said. One of three days will be allocated to inspect school premises. 

Inspections teams found 22,000 premises with mosquito larvae, in the one million premises inspected the last few weeks. Legal action had been taken against many of those mosquito breeders, Dr. Mahipala said.

 

(File photo)


 

There are 4 Comments

IT IS GOOD THEY HV RAPID DEVELOPMENT UNITS. BUT WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT IS - TO ADVS THOSE LIVING ALONG THE DRAINS NOT TO POLLUTE SAME - IF GARBAGE IS FOUND IN A DRAIN OPPOSITE A AN ESTABLISHMENT THEY MUST BE FINED , SO EXTRA ORECAUTION WILL B TAKEN BY THEM TO NOT POLLUTE IT IF ONE LOOKS AT THE MUNICIPALITY DRAINS IN BORUPONA, WHICH I BELIEVE NO MOH AS EVER INSPECTED IS FILLED WITH TRASH OF ALL KNDS, MOSQUITO LARVAE CAN B SEEN IN SWARMS RESIDENTS CLEAN THEIR DRAINS AND COMPOUNDS BUT THE MUNICIALITY PAYS NO ATTENTION TO MAINTAINTAIN THE COMMON DRAINS ALONGSIDE THE ROAD. HOW CAN ONE ERADICATE THE DENGUE MENACE WITHOUT CLAENING THEM OR AT LEAST REGULARLY INSPECTING SAME AND TAKING ACTION WHEN THEY HEAR SOMEONE HAS CONTRACTED ENGUE THE GUY WITH A SPRAYER AND BOOK VISITS THE HOSUSES WE DONT KNOW IF HE IS JUST SPRAYING WATER EVEN PLS TAKE ACTION TO SEE SOMETHING IS DONE

The true reason for spreading mosquito breeding in Colombo was, during the flooding days in May 2016 and after the flooding was over, till nearly a 1-1/2 months passed by, the Pradeshiya Saba garbage collectors did not come to collect garbage from the houses thereby people had to keep their garbage bags in their small living area premises. So the garbage was getting rotten. It caused not only mosquito breeding but also fly breeding. People living in small premises did not have a place to throw the garbage away or burn the garbage. Considering this factor, is it fair by the government to take legal action.

According to Dr Maheepala, people are at fault for the delay in seeking proper treatment for dengue. They are the ones who put their live on the line due to their ignorance and lethargy. Nobody could be blamed for that except for the patients and/or their parents.

According to Dr Maheepala, people are at fault for the delay in seeking proper treatment for dengue. They are the ones who put their live on the line due to their ignorance and lethargy. Nobody could be blamed for that except for the patients and/or their parents. Furthermore public drains are not cleared by the municipalities. These are the reasons why people do not entertain the dengue brigade for inspection to their houses. First and foremost, be responsible for your own actions.

Add new comment