A Special Dengue Prevention Program will be implemented next week on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's instructions, with the support of public servants, Security Forces, Police personnel and Local Government bodies. This special program will be implemented on a decision reached at the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Prevention meeting, headed by the President held at Temple Trees yesterday (June 9).
The President emphasized the need to implement a practical program which would bring positive results rather than being limited only to talk. He also pointed out that when a long period of time is spent on research, it is the innocent people who have to suffer the most.
President Rajapaksa also pointed out the Municipal Councils' and Provincial Councils' should pay special attention on the Dengue issue by maintaining a clean environment in their respective areas.
During the meeting, the need of creating public awareness on Dengue was highlighted as the monsoon season creates a conducive breeding environment for the dengue mosquito.
It was highlighted at the meeting that 50 percent of the Dengue spreading mosquitoes breed in leftover tins, cans and other utensils, while 22 percent of dengue mosquitoes breed in water storing utensils.
The President instructed the Local Government representatives to implement a mechanism to conduct regular inspections on gutters as they create a healthy environment for Dengue mosquito breeding.
It was also revealed at the meeting that the Dengue risk is high in the Agalawatta area due to the use of coconut shells for rubber tapping. It was also noted that Dengue preventive measures should be taken in one's own home garden.
Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, Basil Rajapaksa, Mahinda Amaraweera, Deputy Ministers Dulip Wijesekara, Chief Ministers, Mayors Pradeshiya Sabah Chairmen, Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunga, ministry secretaries, defence officials and public servants were present at the meeting.