Health Minister Maithreepala Sirisena has decided to introduce intensive source reduction exercises and clean up campaigns to reduce the mosquito population as the key strategy to combat dengue ahead of the peak dengue transmission seasons from next month.
The ministry’s officials on the National Dengue Control Programme said they have communicated a circular in this regard to all Medical Officers of Health throughout the island instructed by Minister Sirisena.
The circular requires the Medical Officers of Health in dengue afflicted districts to hold a Dengue Control Week from Monday, during which Medical Officers of Health are expected to inspect mosquito breeding places at homes and public places.
The Medical Officers of Health together with Public Health Inspectors, Health Ministry entomologists, police and Security Forces personnel are expected to visit these places to initiate clean up activities for dengue source reduction.
Steps will be taken to issue warnings against man-made dengue breeding places in gardens or buildings during inspections.
Legal action will be taken against house owners if they did not take action to remove them within a week after the warning being issued.