Serious health hazards in Panadura area Dengue likely to raise its ugly head

Published : 12:01 am  April 24, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (201) reads | 

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By Kusal Chamath   

Residents of Panadura area expressed concern about a possible breakout of Dengue fever, due to the neglected land covered with shrubs and dilapidated storm water drains filled with stagnant water, creating mosquito breeding grounds. They said the terminal disease would raise its ugly head unless legal action was taken against the owners of neglected land. They pointed out that the side drains without concrete covers in the town and in several by-roads, prevented the free flow of storm water and created mosquito breeding grounds.   


They said that several Dengue-positive patients had been reported last year and they had obtained treatment at the Panadura and Kalubowila hospitals.  


A resident of Eluwila in Panadura Cyril Godamune (60) said the side drains filled with storm water and abandoned land covered with shrub jungle, used as dumping grounds by the people living in the vicinity, had created mosquito breeding grounds. He said the people were living in constant fear of a possible outbreak of Dengue fever.  


“The uncovered side drains filled with garbage, prevent the free flow of storm water, that would be a serious health hazard. The danger is further aggravated by abandoned blocks of land purchased from property sales companies. Vast stretches of abandoned land were being used as dumping grounds by the families living near them, regardless of its serious threat to public health. The dumping ground with nauseating smells near the railway station, is another mosquito breeding ground,” he said.  

 

The terminal disease would raise its ugly head unless legal action was taken against the owners of neglected land 


Residents of the area requested the new Chairman of the Panadura UC, the Panadura Pradeshiya Sabha and the Bandaragama Pradeshiya Sabha to take action against the owners of abandoned land covered with shrub jungle, and to clean the side drains.