Construction sites – Overlooked Dengue breeding grounds

Published : 10:12 am  June 28, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (970) reads | 


BY H.M. DHARMAPALA AND KUSAL CHAMATH Health authorities that inspected several areas under Dengue prevention programmes have discovered that building construction sites were at high risk of establishing ideal Dengue mosquito breeding grounds. Commenting on this concern, Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia CMOH Dr. S.M.R. Odayar said the concrete slabs in incomplete building complexes with collected storm water were Dengue mosquito breeding sites that often went unnoticed. He pointed out that the contractors had not paid necessary attention on gutters, storm water drains, water tanks, wheel barrows and plastic containers which collect water in building sites.

The CMOH further stated that the Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) filed action against the owners of several building sites and charged them a sum of Rs. 105,000. These owners who have been repeatedly warned for creating a safe haven for Dengue mosquitoes would be liable to six month imprisonment in case of recurrence of a similar incident, he said. Meanwhile, Chief PHI N. Shantha de Silva stated that two building contractors were fined Rs.50,000 each and severely warned. A team of Public Health Inspectors and Sanitary Supervisors under Chief PHI Shantha de Silva carried out the raids on the instructions of CMOH S.M.R. Odayar.