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Locally produced BTI will save millions

Sep 5, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The locally produced BTI bacteria to eradicate dengue menace has proved successful. The Health Ministry will not need to import BTI bacteria in the future. This will enable the Government to save millions of rupees, Health Ministry sources said. The Health Ministry’s National Anti- Malaria and Anti-Dengue Program Director Dr Sarath Deniyage said tests conducted by the Health Ministry on locally manufactured BTI bacteria on dengue mosquito larvae were successful. The tests were conducted in Peliyagoda and Mattakkuliya last week in a pilot project by the Health Ministry. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena participated by initiating the the use of locally produced larvicide BTI at a State Engineering Corporation workshop premises in Peliyagoda. "The locally made BTI bacteria demonstrated that it can quickly and effectively kill larvae of dengue transmitting mosquitoes ," he said. Bio Power Lanka has produced the bacteria.   Read more:www.dailynews.lk/2010/09/06/news02.asp