Deputy Minister of Highways Mervyn Silva said he would not let any dengue deaths occur in Kelaniya after August 1st and if a death does occur, officials of the relevant authorities will be tied to a tree as punishment.
Speaking at a media briefing Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva said that he would take measures to tie the members of the Pradeshiya sabha, health officials, grama niladari officials and samurdhi officials to a tree located close to the dengue victim’s house.
He said that measures should be taken to clear all areas by August 1 and officials shouldn’t be afraid to nab offenders who throw dirt on to the road.
“Even if hotels have our photographs don’t be afraid to check these places. If someone comes to throw dirt they will leave the place only with a scar,” he said.