Rs. 50,000 fine on mosquito breeders
KURUNEGALA: A new law will be introduced shortly to fine
people up to Rs. 50,000 for ignoring the threats posed by mosquito
breeding, Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.
Addressing heads and members of the local Government bodies in the
Puttalam and Kurunegala Districts on the challenge of the health sector
at a workshop in Kurunegala, the Minister said the Ministry had earlier
taken steps to bring an enactment to impose a fine of Rs. 25,000 against
house owners and those who are in-charge of public property who do not
maintain the environment in a clean and healthy manner and do not
control mosquito breeding.
"Health authorities have conducted awareness programmes on the dengue
menace and its impact on people. However, people and entrepreneurs in
major cities seem to not have given due consideration to this menace.
Action will be taken to bring a new law with an increased fine upto Rs.
50,000 to fine people," de Silva said.
The Minister said a recent survey revealed that there were eight AIDS
patients reported from the Kurunegala district. "These patients had been
employed in the Middle East," he said.