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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa issued directives to Governors and Local Government authorities to prepare a mechanism to control imminent dengue outbreak with the receding of prevailing rainy weather conditions, President’s Media Division said.

The Western Province records the highest number of dengue patients every year. There is a significant influx of people daily to this area from other parts of the country. President pointed out only through an effective dengue control mechanism giving priority to the Western Province can prevent these people becoming carriers.  All the Local Government institutes, health sector and the Environment Police should actively be operational to achieve this objective, President said.
President Rajapaksa made these observations during a meeting convened to discuss future plans with the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Prevention at the Presidential Secretariat today (01).
The health sector authorities highlighted that the number of dengue patients is low during the first quarter of the year compared to the previous year. Methodical disposal of garbage since November and the tendency among people to maintain their surrounding clean during the curfew imposed in the wake of COVID -19 have paved the way for this progress. Limitation of mobility between provinces is also a plus factor.
The necessity to conduct cleaning programmes giving priority to schools, hospitals, state entities, places of worship and construction sites was emphasized. The Environmental Police Units should be responsible for monitoring the area in collaboration with respective health authorities and Local Government organizations.
Once a dengue patient is diagnosed at a Government or private hospital, medical officers and Public Health Officers in the area should immediately be notified. Swift measures should be taken to disinfect and clean the area. Attention was also drawn to apprise the public on the impact of dengue via mass media.
President and the Prime Minister instructed the relevant officials to call follow up meetings once a week with the participation of Governors and Local Government authorities to evaluate the progress and to use the experiences of the countries which are successful in dengue prevention.
Governors, Local Government authorities, Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera, Secretaries to Ministries, Chief of Defence Staff and Commanders of Tri-Forces, Acting IGP, Director General of the Department of Civil Defence, Director General of Health Services and several other officials were also present at the meeting.

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  • Soul-Dear Monday, 01 June 2020 07:48 PM

    Why no Tri Forces Officers?

    Chux Monday, 01 June 2020 08:00 PM

    Everything is about President and Prime minister this is the sign of unsuccessful leaders

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 01 June 2020 08:28 PM

    Mr President and Mr Prime Minister. We will worship you for all you are doing for the country and now you are also specialists to fight dengue. Because of that shall we forget, that you are ruthless criminals and murderers?

    ACA Monday, 01 June 2020 09:50 PM

    Only President and PM works in this country. All others are sleeping or robing? Wonderful decision making structure.

    Jaffna Logic Monday, 01 June 2020 09:54 PM

    They say the medical degree, MBBS , is such an intellectually and scientifically packed degree that it needs 5 years to complete. In some countries it takes 6 years or even 7 years to complete. Thus it makes all other degrees pale into insignificance. But we have dengue in Sri Lanka just like the global covid-19, yet there are no cures for either of these deadly infections. This begs two important questions, What Do The Doctors As Students Actually Study In Their 5 to 7 Year MBBS Degree ? Why Are The Scientists Not Being Placed At The Centre Of Clinical Medicine ?

    mp Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:17 AM

    It is because people in SL are more bent towards criticizing and making various queries on those who work because of pure jealousy! No other work for them.

    Joshua Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:34 AM

    Brothers in action before election. We saw it at thondamans funeral and now the dengue dance. What about all the tax payer funded health officials . What are they doing. They are not capable???

    Shaggy Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:52 AM

    Why not open another account for Dengue Prevention Account and hand over to our dearly beloved Basil to manage.


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