Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has issued relevant instructions to his officials to unveil a programme to rein in the dengue pandemic.
The Minister said the programmes launched in the past to control the spread of mosquitoes had yielded many results. He said he issued instructions last week that all institutions concerned should launch an integrated programme for the control of this menace. As such, the Minister pointed out that it was decided to launch the National Mosquito Prevention Week, irrespective of considering whether the mosquito was spreading dengue, malaria or filaria.
The Minister issued these guidelines launching this year’s first National Mosquito Prevention Week today. The week will continue until the 29th of this month. Government and Non-Governmental Institutions, schools, houses, places of religious worship and lands will be examined during this period. The Health Ministry plans to institute legal action against those who are maintaining mosquito breeding grounds. The Ministry announced the Mosquito Prevention Week as danger looms over the spread of the killer dengue disease with the upcoming Southwest Monsoon season.