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Tri forces and CSD assist island wide National Mosquito Control Programme

Tri forces and CSD assist island wide National Mosquito Control Programme

[November 11 2017]

A special two- day island wide Mosquito Control Programme was successfully carried out with the participations of tri forces and Civil Security Department (CSD) personnel on 09th and 10th November (2017). The programme was held under the directive of the Presidential Task Force.

The programme was carried out covering the Western, Northern, Eastern, Central, North-Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. Tri forces troops together with CSD personnel joined hands with public health authorities in respective MOH areas and visited households, business, public and private institution premises in high risk areas in the selected districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Matale, Kurunegala, Jaffna, Kegalle, Batticaloa and Kilinochchi.

More than 1100 Army, Navy, Air Force troops and CSD personnel were mobilized on both days for this national campaign throughout the country. With the activation of the North-Western monsoon, the country is experiencing continuous spells of heavy rain which had resulted in the rise of Dengue patients from around the country. A national programme is in force to contain the spread of this deadly vector -borne disease and as main stake holders of that national campaign, the tri forces have initiated a number of anti-Dengue programmes in addition to their participation in this collective national effort.

This two-day campaign is the 16th in the series of programmes to be conducted under the Mosquito Control Programme. Authorities have planned to continue the programme till the end of the year in order to contain the spread of this disease in the country.

Prior to the programme, participating troops were educated on the proper conduct of the campaign in order to achieve maximum results, on the previous day. In addition an Operations Room, set up at the National Dengue Control Unit in Naranhenpita coordinated the programme held simultaneously island wide during the course of the two day campaign.

The programme saw, teams made of tri services and CSD personnel and health officials inspecting public and private premises for possible mosquito breeding places and also educating the people of the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Errant owners were advised against their failure to adhere to public health standards.

In keeping with the national programme, troops also conducted clean- up programmes in their own camps and establishments as well.

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