Local Government institutions which do not contribute to the task of controlling Dengue will be indicted.
The Minister opined that it is the local bodies which are vested with the main responsibility in this issue. As Sri Lankan citizens should keep their surroundings clean, local councils should also do so. The Minister pointed out that Local Councils which neglect this task will be indicted. He revealed that several such bodies had already been indicted.
In the meantime, the Health Ministry said that the number of Dengue cases so far this year has surpassed 20 thousand. 141 had succumbed to the disease. Deaths had been reported from Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kegalla, Ratnapura, Kandy, Jaffna and Badulla Districts. 48 deaths had been reported in January alone. The Health Ministry pointed out that there is a decline in the number of deaths after January. However, it should not be considered as an improvement. Several programmes have been mooted via the Presidential Task Force for the control of Dengue. Based on the provisions of the Mosquito Breeding Prevention Act, those who maintain mosquito breeding grounds will be sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment.
The Health Ministry hopes to release the locally produced BTI bacteria within two days. The Ministry hopes to get down the BTI bacteria from Cuba by the 1st of next month. However, authorities have emphasized that this alone is not a strategy which will contribute to the control of the disease.