Sri Lankan police and military in battle against dengue

An Environmental Protection Unit has been established by the Sri Lankan police to assist in the country’s current dengue eradication campaign which is being conducted by the army and police.

Traders have been warned not to dump their garbage in front of their premises, says the Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya, and the police have already arrested over 300 persons who have flouted this order and taken them before courts.

Police have been deployed to provide security for public health inspectors to carry out house-to-house searches for mosquito breeding areas and take action against persons who contribute to the spread of dengue carrying mosquitoes.

Sri Lanka has officially reported around 25,000 dengue fever victims and over 150 dengue related deaths so far this year.