Health authorities have taken legal action against 1,600 persons who had mosquito breeding grounds in their premises. The inspectors found 170,000 possible mosquito breeding sites. Inspectors had identified 8,706 places with dengue mosquito larvae and issued red notices on owners of 20,000 premises with possible mosquito breeding sites.
They inspected 496,000 premises countrywide during the seven day National Mosquito Control Week which ended yesterday.
All 348 MOH areas had been divided into three zones and 30 high risk areas identified. The high risk areas are in Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Kegalle, Kurunegala, Galle, Matara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts.
The programme was conducted during four days in 114 medium risk areas. The programme was implemented in two days in 204 low risk areas. Around 3,000 teams comprising 20,000 inspectors were deployed to implement the programme, the spokesman said.
A special progress review meeting will be held under the guidance of Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne to solve issues of mosquito breeding sites at schools, construction sites identified by the inspectors during the mosquito control programme, he said.
Officials of all state institutions and local government bodies will also participate in the meeting, the spokesman added.