New Mayor kicks off massive dengue prevention programme

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By H.M.Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath  

The new Mayor of the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council Stanley Dias and Municipal Commissioner Dhammika Mutugala have launched a massive Dengue prevention programme with the help of the National Dengue Prevention Unit of the Ministry of Health.   

The programme was kicked off on Friday from Kotalawalapura in Ratmalana where a high rate of positive cases of Dengue fever had been reported last year. The officials issued red notices on the owners of 12 premises where Dengue mosquito breeding grounds were found.   

MOH Dr. Indika Ellawala said that they launched the programme in view of the possible outbreak of Dengue epidemic during the monsoon rains.  

“Every year the deadly disease raises its ugly head in May and June with the breakout of monsoon rains. We launched a crash programme well in time to create public awareness on the danger. The only way to save ourselves from Dengue is to take precautions and to keep the environment clean and tidy to prevent mosquito breeding grounds. A team of workers have been deployed to clear the mosquito breeding grounds during the raids. Several pregnant mothers were among the victims of the deadly disease last year. During the programme we instruct the public that anyone falling ill with fever should immediately seek treatment at a hospital” he said.  




The officials inspected 971 premises including private residential houses, government institutions, private establishments, and places of religious worship and identified 113 possible Dengue mosquito breeding grounds. They had found mosquito larvae in 114 premises that were destroyed immediately after severely warning the owners. The owners of 12 premises were issued red notices for neglecting cleanliness of their premises and were warned that they would be liable to legal action unless they failed to keep their premises clean and tidy.  

Dr. Ellawala said all garbage including solid waste would be collected and removed to the Karadiyana garbage recycling plant by a team of workers.  

Chief Administrative PHI Lalith Perera, area PHIs Shehan Rajapakse, N.C.Bandra Meegahakotuwa, H.S.Kaldera, Nuwan Madura, Mayura Kumarathunga, W.P.Rashmika, and a team of sanitary supervisors, police and security forces carried out the raid on the instructions of Director National Dengue Prevention Unit of the Ministry of Health Dr. Hasitha Thisera and Chief MOH Dr. Indika Elawala.