The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

06/01/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/01/2020 20:20

President and PM take the lead in dengue prevention

  • Priority to environmental cleanliness
  • Strict measures against offenders
  • Dengue prevention powers to be vested with Governors and Local Government authorities
  • Health Committees to be called immediately
  • Rapid response to deal with breeding grounds

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa issued directives to Governors and Local Government authorities to prepare a mechanism to control imminent dengue outbreak with the receding of prevailing rainy weather conditions.

The Western Province records the highest number of dengue patients every year. There is a significant influx of people daily to this area from other parts of the country. President pointed out only through an effective dengue control mechanism giving priority to the Western Province can prevent these people becoming carriers. All the Local Government institutes, health sector and the Environment Police should actively be operational to achieve this objective, President said.

President Rajapaksa made these observations during a meeting convened to discuss future plans with the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Prevention at the Presidential Secretariat today (01).

The health sector authorities highlighted that the number of dengue patients is low during the first quarter of the year compared to the previous year. Methodical disposal of garbage since November and the tendency among people to maintain their surrounding clean during the curfew imposed in the wake of COVID -19 have paved the way for this progress. Limitation of mobility between provinces is also a plus factor.

The necessity to conduct cleaning programmes giving priority to schools, hospitals, state entities, places of worship and construction sites was emphasized. The Environmental Police Units should be responsible for monitoring the area in collaboration with respective health authorities and Local Government organizations.

Once a dengue patient is diagnosed at a Government or private hospital, medical officers and Public Health Officers in the area should immediately be notified. Swift measures should be taken to disinfect and clean the area. Attention was also drawn to apprise the public on the impact of dengue via mass media.

President and the Prime Minister instructed the relevant officials to call follow up meetings once a week with the participation of Governors and Local Government authorities to evaluate the progress and to use the experiences of the countries which are successful in dengue prevention.

Governors, Local Government authorities, Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera, Secretaries to Ministries, Chief of Defence Staff and Commanders of Tri-Forces, Acting IGP, Director General of the Department of Civil Defence, Director General of Health Services and several other officials were also present at the meeting.