The Health Minister has said that the support of the public is imperative in the fight against dengue. He warned that legal action will be instituted against those who obstruct dengue eradication activities without supporting this programme.
Minister Maithripala Sirisena said the crackdown on mosquito breeding grounds is the need of the hour. The support of the public is vital in this respect. However, he said lack of such support has become a major problem. He noted that it was the responsibility of heads of institutions to give due consideration to the elimination of dengue breeding grounds. The Minister emphasized that he would not hesitate to enforce the law to the letter, if there are any private or public institutions that do not support this effort. The Minister was addressing a news briefing on the Dengue Crackdown Week which will be effective from the 20th to the 26th of this month. The support of the Armed Forces and the Police will be secured for this programme. Attention was drawn to the use of architectural strategies in house construction that would not result in mosquito breeding grounds. Additional Secretary to the Health Ministry Palitha Mahipala and Colombo Municipal Council Special Commissioner Omar Kamil were among those present.