An Emergency Dengue Prevention Presidential Task Force has been formed in order to curb the Dengue epidemic which is on the rise mainly in Colombo and its suburbs. Accordingly, a three day Dengue Prevention Programme will be conducted covering 84 Grama Niladari Divisions in Colombo, said Director/Spokesperson, Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya at the weekly media conference held at the Media Center, yesterday (June 18).
Infectious Diseases Physician Dr. Paba Palihawadana and Director of Dengue Prevention Programme Dr. Asitha Thisera were also present at the media conference.
The Emergency Dengue Prevention Task Force members will be comprised of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Law and Order, Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy.
Special Dengue prevention emergency programme will be conducted on 20th 21st and 22nd this month where awareness programmes to educate residents on the measures that should be initiated in their homes during the session will also be conducted. Members of the special task force will be issued with an Identity Card to ease their work.
Prior to the implementation, special education programme had been conducted to the participants of the programme on effective and mutual engagement with the city dwellers. Teams will be comprised of health officers, Police officers and members of armed forces. Meanwhile, education posters will also distributed among the public.
Information pertaining to the programme could be discussed via 0113075792, said Brig. Wanigasooriya.