Four persons who had maintained mosquito breeding grounds have been penalized by the Ratnapura Magistrate.
Four persons from the Karawita area in Nivitigala were punished by the Ratnapura Magistrate on charges of maintaining mosquito breeding grounds. Additional Magistrate Chanaka Kalansuriya imposed a fine of 1000 rupees each. In addition, a six month suspended prison term for five years was also imposed on them. The Health Ministry recently gave instructions to the authorities concerned to enforce the law to the letter to contain the Dengue epidemic which was threatening the entire country. Accordingly, the Sabaragamuwa Regional Health Services Director Dr. Athula Dangalla aid this was the maximum punishment meted out by a local Court on charges of maintaining mosquito breeding grounds.