Forces help clean mosquito breeding grounds in city
by Ranil Wijayapala
The cleaning of mosquito breeding grounds in the Colombo city has
seen remarkable progress within the past few weeks after Forces
personnel joined the campaign, the Chief Medical Officer of the Public
Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council, Dr. Pradeep
said the public response to the directives given by the Security Forces
personnel engaged in the awareness campaign was much better than the
response from Municipal and other government officials.
Dr. Kariyawasam, however, expressed dissatisfaction about the
response from leading schools in Colombo towards the shramadana campaign
carried out to clear mosquito breeding grounds in the city. “Some
leading schools not only shunned the shramadana campaign but also did
not clean up their school premises properly. It was sad to observe that
some schools which are supposed to be producing future leaders of the
country were not even aware of the word “shramadana”, he said.
He said the number of dengue deaths reported within the Colombo city
rose to 18 with two deaths reported this week from the Colombo North
area. The number of people who were hospitalised due to dengue has also
increased to 1,547.
According to the Epidemiology Department of the Health Ministry, 45
dengue related deaths were reported in the Colombo district, of which 18
were reported from the Colombo Municipal Council area. According to the
latest dengue statistics there were 186 dengue deaths this year up to
A total of 25,880 dengue cases was reported so far this year compared
to 35,008 cases reported last year.
Dr. Kariyawasam said that the CMC is taking all possible steps to
prevent a dengue outbreak by using Western, Ayurvedic and homeopathy