The Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka says stern legal action will be taken against private and state institutions that maintain mosquito breeding grounds in their premises.
Chairman of the Union Upul Rohana said a programme will be launched to inspect all institutions to uncover mosquito breeding grounds.
He added institutions were not maintained in a stringent manner over the past few days, due to the COVID-19 crisis, and therefore breeding grounds were observed at such institutions.
Rohana said he hopes relevant authorities will take steps to clean their surroundings.
He noted showers were experienced in several areas across the country adding that mosquito breeding grounds were identified at several residences, upon inspection over the past few days.
He added therefore there is a risk of dengue spreading.
Rohana stated dengue cases were reported from several areas, and urged the public to keep their surroundings clean.
He also requested the public to visit the nearest medical institution or state doctor, and seek medical attention, if they show symptoms of the dengue fever.
Upul Rohana said at a time the coronavirus is spreading, if dengue also spreads, the health sector will be severely inconvenienced, and lead to a health crisis.
He added health officials will have to work to control both diseases, and treatment centres will also face a crisis.
Rohana said as the symptoms of both COVID-19 and dengue are similar, issues may arise when determining the sickness.
He reiterated therefore it is important to contain dengue, to avoid a serious health crisis.