Lanka is on the verge of eradicating rabies and no rabies related deaths have been reported in any part of the country in the last four months, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said today
Minister Sirisena attributed this achievement to the successful solid waste management carried out connected with the dengue prevention and control programmes in the country.
“The dengue control programmes carried out by the Health Ministry with the assistance of the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Control and other government agencies such as the environment, local government and provincial council, and education ministries and armed forces and police have done a great job in solid waste management and the cleaning of townships and road sides. This prevented the breeding of stray dogs, cats, rats and other harmful animals and it also contributed to minimize dog bites,” he added.
Minister Sirisena said if the public, the government and the private sector could maintain this momentum and keep their environment clean and tidy it will immensely help to control not only rabies but other communicable diseases such as dengue, leptospirosis, typhoid and even dysentery.
Meanwhile, Director Rabies Control Programme (RCP), Dr. P.L.Harischandra said 6,93,000 dogs and 53,000 bitches have been sterilized this year.
He said there was a sharp decrease of the number of rabies related deaths this year in comparison to last year.
There were only 36 deaths until the end of November this year and the total number of deaths stood at 58 in 2009. The RCP expects to sterilize 6,93,000 dogs and bitches this year at a cost of Rs. 350 million, Dr. Harischandra said. (Sadun. A . Jayasekara)
tiger Monday, 06 December 2010 01:57 PM
mr.minister- 1st give rabbies vaccine to our MAD polticians in the political arena
michael Monday, 06 December 2010 04:45 PM
Only Dr.Merwyn Silva has rabbies.
Thas Monday, 06 December 2010 11:33 PM
First of all eradicate the corrupted politicians.
Sanjaya Prasad Tuesday, 07 December 2010 07:28 AM
Good for the Country.
Pls expedite the spread the sterlize program where government can save so much of monies in coming years without harming poor creatures.
Must educate public about the stertilization programme too.
xlngson Tuesday, 07 December 2010 09:59 AM
Strict adherence to municipal and local body ordinance to licence dogs and detain if not eliminate the unlicensed dogs ia the only remedy available, not the inhumane sterilization and allowing to poop everywhere to cause hygienic problems, jetsam flot sam!
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