Dengue inspectors assaulted

18 July 2010 06:57 am - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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By Amadoru Amarageeva


A group of Public Health Inspectors (PHI) who visited a village in Trincomalee last evening to inspect dengue breeding sites were assaulted by the father of a girl who died of dengue a few weeks ago, the Trincomalee police said today.

According to the police one PHI was admitted to hospital following the assault which took place when the inspectors visited the Palaithu village in Trincomalee as part of the nationwide program to eradicate the spread of dengue.

The police also said that some of the equipment used by the public health inspectors were also damaged during the incident. The father of the girl who had died after contracting dengue was subsequently arrested by the police over the assault. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • JOHN Monday, 19 July 2010 05:13 AM

    Most roads for that matter in the Garden City of Asia!

    dagobert Sunday, 18 July 2010 07:35 AM

    Lethargic public servants need to be activated.
    Its time. The deceased girls father has done the right thing.

    State Servants must be responsible and need to take timely action & serve the people of the state without malice.

    A good reminder.

    Wasantha Sunday, 18 July 2010 07:37 AM

    PHI too is responsible for this disaster.Most of the officials are under obligations to bribes. However the real culprits are politicians and health ministry officials. Pathetic to hear that conflict with regard to commissions delayed getting bacteria from Cuba yet. "Suba Anagathayak"

    TERRENCE B. DE SILVA Sunday, 18 July 2010 07:48 AM

    IMPROMPTU JUSTICE, HAD THE PHI'S DONE THEIR JOB, PREVIOUSLY AS THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO & EARNED THEIR SALARIES, &u PREVENTED THE SPREAD OF DENGUE; MAYBE HIS DAUGHTER WOULD NOT HAVE DIED AND THE PHI'S WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED.

    S. Jayardene Sunday, 18 July 2010 07:49 AM

    Father has a reason to be angry though it is unacceptable. Had the officers done their duties on time.

    Thinuka Sunday, 18 July 2010 08:29 AM

    That Fatherr is 100% correct. Instead of punishing innocent public, the Government should impose much strong punishments for those PHI’s and Health officers who are not doing there jobs.

    Thinuka Sunday, 18 July 2010 08:38 AM

    Y government work like blind. Health department DOING NOTHING to stop Dengue. Who is responsible for the public drainage lines along the roads every where? Who should punish for those places ?

    Thinuka Sunday, 18 July 2010 08:43 AM

    I know personally what is happening in My area. PHI and all the responsible officers are DOING NOTHING to stop dengue. They come only if some body is infected and smoke the area once or twice. That's all.

    There must be a Practical, working plan to Stop dengue. Our health department is just pretending only. very sad.

    amal Sunday, 18 July 2010 09:41 AM

    why do sri lankans wait until PHI comes to their home and tell them what to do? why cann't we keep our gardens clean..then there will be no dengue

    Rahmathullah Sunday, 18 July 2010 09:55 AM

    My daughter also nearly died of dengu. As a father, I would not harm the inspector but, I would have taken action against the Health Minister!.

    Amila Sunday, 18 July 2010 10:05 AM

    We should send the Health Minister on these visits

    Holman Sunday, 18 July 2010 10:25 AM

    PHIs are getting OT for just visiting places. Why can't they go spraying some shelltox atleast??

    sham7 Sunday, 18 July 2010 10:27 AM

    keep your area clean..dont even trust these phi's ever to clean ur areas ...get together on a sunday sramadana...make a habit to check ur area...u can eradicate the menace...

    Indika Monday, 19 July 2010 03:46 AM

    Yes, that is the main thing to do to prevent Dengue. These mosquitoes don't come from a long distance. So best thing to do is clean our own yards. But PHIs too have a big responsiblity to take care of public places, roads ect.

    Debbie Monday, 19 July 2010 04:06 AM

    First of all the Government should take steps to allocate specific areas for dumping of garbage. What they do is allocate specific places and they leave it at that. The garbage is dumped and from there on it becomes a health hazard. For instance where we live, that is on the Bekkegama Road, although there are a number of houses, the authorities do not send garbage trucks or for that matter even garbage carts. The residents of the area are really hit badly when it comes to disposal of garbage. Over to the authorities of Panadura.

    Bluff Bluff Monday, 19 July 2010 04:41 AM

    Why not send the ex minister of health to meet that father?

    Concerned Monday, 19 July 2010 04:43 AM

    I wish to invite those health authorities to take a walk on the Bloemendhal road Colombo 13 today and see for themselves the condition of the road and the surroundings.

    Asanka Sunday, 18 July 2010 07:21 AM

    If I were in the same situation I do the same. No wonder!

    vaz Sunday, 18 July 2010 07:21 AM

    Dengue is been there for a while, but only the PHIs are visiting the villages.


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