Legal action against Sri Lankan school principals for failing to control mosquitoes

Mar 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the authorities to take legal action against 320 school principals who failed to control mosquito breeding in their respective school premises.

During an inspection carried out yesterday on school grounds as a part of the National Mosquito Control Week, health authorities have identified potential mosquito breeding places in 2,548 of the 6,012 schools that were checked.

The Health Ministry has said that water with mosquito larvae was found in 639 schools and authorities were instructed to destroy them immediately.

The Ministry says that the negligence on the part of the school authorities put children at risk of getting dengue and other mosquito borne diseases.

The health authorities are to check houses for mosquito breeding grounds today, the fourth day of the National Mosquito Control Week.

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