Aiming at minimizing the spread of Dengue alarmingly rising in Jaffna soon after the rain ceased, 511 Brigade at Atchuvely organized an awareness programme in Kopay to educate civilians on precautionary measures.
With the support of regional health authorities, soldiers together with public health officials educated people to keep the environment clean to remove mosquito breeding place.
Two doctors, twenty Public Health Inspectors and Public Health Midwives, five Police officers joined hundred soldiers in this programme.
“Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has declared the week from Wednesday, as a National Dengue Control Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication as well as awareness campaigns. Operations during the Dengue Control Week aim to take measures for the prevention of mosquito breeding grounds taking into consideration with the forthcoming Northeast Monsoon. As a part of this, Northern Province also joins in this campaign under the patronage of Governor of the Province G A Chandrasiri.”
In order to mark the National Dengue Control Week (September 10 – September 16), every organization in the province has planned to conduct shramadana programmes.
Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri instructed the Jaffna Municipal Council to clear the lands and houses which are not properly maintained by their owners. Accordingly clearing and cleaning processes are being carried out by the Jaffna Municipal Council labourers now.
Jaffna, once reported the highest number of dengue victims in 2010 was later able to reduce its death toll within a couple of months having followed necessary preventive measures. Sri Lanka Army with the help of Northern Province Health Department authorities played pivotal role in controlling spread of dengue organizing shramadana campaigns to clean the environment and awareness programmes.
Continuing the same project, the 51 Division carried out a seven day anti dengue programme in Gurunagar, Suthumalai, Karainagar, Chullipuram, Kokuvil and Manippay areas from 29th November to 5th December.
Soldiers of all battalions serving under 511, 512 and 513 Brigades cleared garbage dumps and polluted wells and cleaned lands of public places such as religious places and schools.
Public Health Inspectors and civilians supported the soldiers to conduct shramadana in respective areas.