Entomological research carried out on schools in several provinces had revealed that 75 percent of schools in the Western province harbour dengue breeding grounds, the Health Ministry stated.
The mosquito larvae research had been carried out on all the schools in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Wayamba, Central and Southern provinces by the Health Ministry in collaboration with the Medical Research Institute. “The research findings have also indicated that 65 – 75 percent of schools located in other provinces also harboured breeding locations for mosquitoes,” Health Ministry Spokesman W.M.D. Wanninayake said speaking to Daily Mirror Online.
Mr. Wanninayake also stated that Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena is currently having discussions with Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena on issuing a circular which makes the continuation of cleaning school premises compulsory each week, as part of the mosquito eradication program. (Lakna Paranamanna)