The Government has declared the third week of August as the National Dengue Prevention week.
Cleaning campaigns as well as dengue prevention and awareness campaigns will be carried out islandwide during the week.
Minister Maithripala Sirisena speaking at the Local Government Symposium held at the Janakala Centre in Battaramulla today said that they have also taken steps to reserve the first and second Mondays and the third and the fourth Saturdays as part of the National Dengue Prevention program to carry out activities which involve cleaning and dengue awareness campaigns. The Minister told the gathering that the local BT bacteria for the control of the dengue menace will be released to the market next week.
Meanwhile, a pledge was taken by all the officials at the Local Government Symposium which commenced to give the maximum contribution to ensure the prevention of dengue as well as other diseases transmitted through mosquitoes.
The Best Local Councils were given awards and cash prizes. The Wariyapola Pradeshiya Sabha was adjudged the best Pradeshiya Sabha while the Kuliyapitiya Urban Council became the best Urban Council. The Matara Municipal Council became the best Municipal Council. Minister A.L.M. Athaullah and Deputy Minister Indika Bandaranayake were among those present.