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In light of the spread of dengue within the country, public health inspectors informed that they would start filing legal action in the first instance without granting grace periods against those found to be maintaining mosquito breeding grounds.

According to health officials, the number of dengue mosquitoes and the number of dengue patients are increasing.

The Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka explained that there were many such sites in the Western Province, particularly various vessels which collected rainwater and allowed the stagnation of such, found upon rooftops.

Secretary of the Union, K.W. Siripala emphasized that sufficient awareness had been conducted by public health inspectors, the Police and voluntary groups, yet there was a marked lack of concern that was prevalent among members of the public including those in the Government, State service.

He pointed out that the proposed increase of the fine (current fine is around Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000) had yet to materialize.

“It is in houses where the inhabitants are most aware of dengue that containers with larvae are found in mosquito breeding places, one or two per each such household. They don’t have time to look into their surroundings. At least, once a week they must have look,” he said.

“When we visit houses, they always say that the drain is blocked and query as to why it hasn’t been cleaned, yet, it is not in the drains that mosquitoes breed. This is not out of ignorance. This can become a major factor in an epidemic. Previously, we initially advised and then took legal action. Now we will directly take legal action without giving advice or extending a grace period,” Siripala noted.