The Colombo Municipal Council is beginning to look at alternative methods to combat dengue, it is learnt.
Chief Medical Officer of Indegenous Medicine at the CMC, Palitha Ratna said the council was turning to homeopathic medicine in order to prevent the further spread of dengue. Ratna explained that a homeopathic remedy centre had been set up in the Kichilan Community Centre, Slave Island. The medicine works as a mosquito repellent, Ratna explained. He added that this medicine had been employed with some success in rural areas. So far, the CMC together with Rotarians and other welfare organisations have distributed 3000 packets of the medicine in 3 days in Slave Island alone. Ratna said further evaluation needed to be done before the medicine could be distributed throughout Colombo.
“The people have responded well,” Ratna said of the initiative. However, he admitted that the medicine was not 100% perfect.
A Presidential Task Unit, together with all 3 segments of the military have come together in order to attempt to eradicate the dengue menace. As of today, 22,758 dengue cases (and deaths) have been reported. Of those, 3,682 were in Colombo, which is the hardest hit area.
In a bizarre turn, Deputy Minister of Highways Mervyn Silva also got involved. At a press briefing he allegedly said that if there were any more deaths due to dengue, he would take steps to tie local Government officials to a tree, close to the victim’s residence.
(More details forthcoming in this Sunday’s Leader)