Dengue eradication program:
State bodies to be prosecuted
The Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry has instructed all PHIs and
MOHs to take legal action against all State institutions, local
Government Institutions and Provincial Councils which keep mosquito
breeding sites within their premises. The rule is in force since
The PHIs and MOHs will issue notices to all State institutions, Local
Government bodies and Provincial Council institutions including police
stations, Courts, and State schools which keep mosquito breeding sites.
Such institutions will be given a certain period of time to clean
mosquito breeding sites and legal action will be taken against the
institutions which ignore the notice.
The Ministry has discovered that a large number of State institutions
have dengue breeding sites.
According to the spokesman, the PHIs and MOHs did not issue notices
and take legal action against such institutions because they were not
aware of the powers granted to them under the Mosquito Breeding
Prevention Act No. 11 of 2007 which is now in force.
Lack of awareness led them to take legal action only against ordinary
citizens. Due to this situation, the media stated that the present law
does not have enough teeth to punish offenders, he said.
Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva made
arrangements to educate PHIs and MOHs on the powers they have been
granted under the Aact. Accordingly a special awareness raising seminar
was held at the SLFI, Colombo on June 22 with the assistance of Attorney
In any country in the world, around 12 State institutions are
responsible for controlling dengue but in Sri Lanka, only the Healthcare
and Nutrition Ministry is engaged in a lone crusade," he said.