Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena said that dengue prevention does not necessarily fall within the ambit of the Health ministry.
“The prevention of dengue is not within the scope of duties of the Health Ministry, in countries like Singapore dengue prevention is within the purview of the Ministry of Environment, the prevention of dengue extends the duties of the Ministry of health,” he said.
The Minister made these observations at a meeting of The Presidential Task Force on Dengue Control held today at the Presidential Secretariat.
Minister of Youth Affairs Dallas Allahapperuma, Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunga, the Mayor of Colombo A.J.M Muzammil together with secretaries of 12 ministries participated in the event.
During the presentations, the secretary to the ministry of Provincial Councils Dr. Nihal Jayasinghe said that the Ministry of Provincial Councils have initiated a programme, 'Pura Naguma' to resuscitate 108 local government bodies that the ministry has found to have been lagging behind in waste management. The technical support should be spearheaded by the ministry of Health with the support of all other ministries,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)