Dengue alert: Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia MC launches crash programme

Published : 12:03 am  August 21, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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Untitled-1By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath 

Threatened by the possibility of the Dengue epidemic raising its ugly head again, the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council has launched a crash programme with the help of several organisations. Municipal Council officials and a team of volunteers initiated the programme in the Ratmalana MOH area.   

MOH Indika Ellawala said they focused on Kandawala, Kurunduwatta and Badowita where the largest number of positive cases of Dengue fever had been reported earlier. He said legal action was taken against the owners of several premises where Dengue breeding grounds were detected. 

Dr. Ellawala said some 2,200 premises including government institutions, private sector establishments, schools and places of religious worship were inspected and 521 of them had been identified as mosquito breeding grounds filled with larvae. He said the mosquito breeding grounds were destroyed and the owners issued with red notices. 

“Legal action was taken against seven individuals who had ignored the red notices issued to them during an inspection carried out by the PHIs earlier. Several tractor loads of solid waste that had been discarded haphazardly in home gardens were removed. We received public co-operation to the programme,” he said. 

Furthermore, Dr. Ellawala said the programme would be expanded to other areas of the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia municipal limits with the help of the Presidential Task Force, the police, the Municipal Health Department, Administrative PHI H.L.W. Perera and Area PHIs H.S. Caldera, Rashmika, Meegahakotuwa and D.G.S. Kumaratunga.