First strike

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By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath
Health Department of the Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council launched a two week programme to prevent the spread of dengue fever that had reached epidemic proportions, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Indika Ellawala said.

Of the total of 2,350 premises that had been inspected, red notices were served on the owners of 51, he said.

He said legal action was taken against another, who had failed to keep his premises clean to prevent dengue mosquito breeding, despite a previous warning. 

Dr. Ellawala said the inspection team found 620 possible mosquito breeding grounds, which were cleaned by the owners in the presence of the officials.

Dr. Ellawala said they intensified the Dengue prevention campaign in view of 18 Dengue positive cases reported from Mount Lavinia and Badovita during the last two weeks. 

He said raids would continue.

Administrative PHI H.L.W. Perera, area PHIs W. K. Jayasinghe, R.P.T. Rajapakse, team of Police Officers of the Mount Lavinia Environmental Unit under SI Piyatileka, a team of 20 Air Force Personnel, officers of the Presidential Task Force, National Dengue Prevention Unit with the Municipal Epidemiology Unit carried out the inspections on the instructions of Dr. Ellawala.