Health authorities have warned that the Ratmalana Railway workshop has been a breeding ground for dengue mosquitoes and that 80 dengue positive patients were reported from the area.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samanthika Mendis said two of the patients died and 14 others were still under treatment at the Kalutara General Hospital. She pointed out that it was a serious health hazard affecting a large population in the area but the relevant authorities of the Railways Department had not taken steps to destroy the mosquito breeding grounds despite her warnings.
The Ratmalana Railway workshop is located on a 200 acre land and is considered the largest workshop in the country.
The employees of the workshop said the officials wanted them to launch environmental promotion programmes after working hours but they were not in a position to engage in Shramadana campaigns after the day’s hard work. They said if the officials released them from duty for a couple hours they could have cleaned the workshop ground and the surrounding area.
However, the Chief Mechanical Engineer S. Abeywickrema said only 80 out of 2,500 workers had contracted dengue fever and that the cleaning of the workshop ground was an arduous task for which others should corporate with him.
“Health authorities who inspected the workshop grounds have warned us with legal action. Now action is being taken with the help of the employees to avert the danger,” he said. (Reka Tharanganie)
The God Father Thursday, 02 February 2012 08:53 AM
Att: Chief Mech Eng. I guess you are being sarcastic. Give 3 days notice to every residence and the government organizations and issue spot fine afterwards, the person who is in charge for the government offices should be fined as well.
reeri yaka Thursday, 02 February 2012 09:05 AM
Who's this... Look how funny he is. Eating and doing nothing for the country.
Gaja Banda Thursday, 02 February 2012 11:05 AM
Unfortunately, it's this kind of attitude from the likes of the Chief Mechanical Engineer that seems to be the biggest problem in SL.
Everybody wants to pass the buck saying it's not their responsibility...
jay Thursday, 02 February 2012 05:22 AM
ONLY 80 ? isn't that bad enough?
Kangarro Thursday, 02 February 2012 05:51 AM
Why don't you check wattala area as well Specially Alwis Town
Nodrog Thursday, 02 February 2012 06:06 AM
When a private house is found to be breeding dengue the residents are charged? Who will be charged here? Or will the buck be passed like usual.
Truth Thursday, 02 February 2012 06:37 AM
Also the Kandy bus depot along Peradeniya road.
Thatha Thursday, 02 February 2012 06:52 AM
Firstly Check Government departments, Ministries, and M.P's residents as well. These are the breeding grounds for dengue.
Just Another Citizen Thursday, 02 February 2012 07:04 AM
Hard days work? What is that to most Government establishments?
John Thursday, 02 February 2012 07:00 AM
It is the Minister who should be liable and accountable.
Chief Mechanical Eng Thursday, 02 February 2012 07:11 AM
Only 80 out of 2,500 workers had contracted dengue fever.. What is the issue ?
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