The Police join in reining in Dengue. IGP Mahinda Balasuriya said those who dump garbage on either side of the road will be strictly penalized.
The IGP said that they had identified areas threatened with Dengue. Citizens’ committees, the public, local bodies and Public Health Inspectors will join in launching cleaning programmes and spraying of insecticides. Keeping the environment clean is necessary in controlling the disease. The IGP pointed out that there is no proper treatment for the disease. Maintaining the environment clean is the only way to minimize the threat from Dengue.
DIG Anura Senanayake called on the public not to dump garbage on the roadside. If the garbage disposal vehicle is scheduled to come at 8.30 in the morning, the garbage should be brought out at that particular time. If the garbage is dumped in the night, animals disperse it and make it a suitable place for breeding of mosquitoes. He revealed that nearly 300 had been arrested for not properly disposing of their garbage. They will be prosecuted and penalized. He assured the public that the Police would shoulder the environmental problem if it is intimated to them.
They were addressing a media briefing at the Police Headquarters in Colombo today. The IGP made reference to the parking of vehicle on roads. He emphasized that the Police will strictly enforce rules under the Police Ordinances. They had imposed new specific time periods that vehicles can park. During 7.30am to 9.30am parking of vehicles will not be allowed opposite schools, restaurants, shops and public places. And also from 4.00 to 6.00 pm, he said the same conditions will apply for drivers.
During the other times, vehicles can be parked at any place but conditions will apply to ensure it does not hinder the smooth flow of road traffic.