Jun 18, 2017

Military assistance for garbage management

Due to the high incidents of dengue being reported and the garbage piling up, Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senaratne said tri forces assistance will be utilised for the removal operations.

The minister made this statement at a press briefing held at the Government Information Department this afternoon.

The minister expressed further:

Deaths reported 200:

“So far this year 63,987 dengue cases reported while 200 have died of dengue so far.

Even in developed countries such as America, Singapore and Malaysia dengue is fast spreading. Urbanisation has been identified to be a factor that is affecting the spread of dengue.

In 2016, 500 fumigation machines were distributed and in 2017, 175 fumigation machines have been distributed for the control of dengue.

While the authorities have so far recruited 412 dengue eradication assistants and the fine for those maintaining dengue breeding grounds has been increased.
In order to control the spread of dengue, garbage management is vital and the President is prepared to take stern action in this regard.

However, with the recent floods, dengue cases have risen dramatically.

Situation could worsen:

Since the situation could worsen, the President has decided to utilise the services of the military for the removal of garbage.

Further, it was also decided to improve the services of the IDH and the Negombo General hospital.

The Health Ministry has also taken measures to stock ample amounts of Dextran which is used for the treatment of dengue.

This drug is currently being imported at diplomatic level only which is costing the government only $ 12. However if it is imported in a non-diplomatic manner it will cost $ 584.

Those who are unaware of this situation are levelling various allegations. I have spoken with the Health Minister of Thailand and have taken measures toi increase the import of Dextran to Sri Lanka.

Five member committee:

A five member committee headed by the Health Services Director General Jayasundara Bandara has been appointed to formulate a daily dengue situation report.

The committee comprising Lakkumar Fernando, Ananda Wijewickrema, Hasitha Tissera and Upul Gunasekara is expected to hand over a report to the Health Ministry on the daily basis on the dengue situation.”

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