Sri Lanka Health Minister requests public assistance to implement dengue eradication programme

June 13, Colombo: Health Minister of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena has called on public to assist in successfully implementing the mosquito eradication programme in the country.

Sirisena has told the media that the dengue eradication programme needed to be considered as a national necessity and act accordingly.

He has noted that steps would be taken to amend the Mosquito Breeding Control Act to vest powers with health officers to impose spot fines on violators.

According to the Minister, health officers have to be vested with legal powers to impose spot fines and enter private and public premises for inspections.

Meanwhile, the Minister has requested the acting IGP to instruct police to arrest anyone who obstructs health officials from inspecting mosquito breeding places, stat-run Daily News said.

Sirisena has noted that the prevailing rainy weather conditions have increased the spreading of dengue.

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