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    January 17, 2020

    Harmful chemicals should not be used to eradicate mosquitoes since such chemicals badly affect people, National Institute of Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) Director Consultant Physician Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama said. He was speaking at the National Council for the Deaf (NCD) AGM held in Colombo. NCD President Dr. W. Ratnayake, Senior Director Maud Senaratne and Director Shirani Dissanayake were also present on the occasion.Dr. Wijewickrama has undergone postgraduate training in infectious diseases including dengue, SARS, Avian flu and other infections. He is a member of the editorial board of the ‘Guidelines for the Management of Dengue Fever and DHF in adults in Sri Lanka’ and a pioneer in improving clinical management of dengue in the country. During his presentation, Dr. Wijewickrama highlighted some important facts on the dengue menace as this has become a common topic in the country today.

    He said the dengue menace can be completely eliminated from our environment if the public takes stringent measures to destroy dengue-breeding grounds.He said destroying discarded plastic containers, tyres, flowerpots, tins, rubber and polythene should be done regularly. Schoolchildren should be encouraged to keep the environment clean and tidy.
    “The public should know that mosquitoes lay eggs in the soil, toilet bowls, drains, under dry leaves, air conditioner trays and many other places where water gets collected and remains stagnant,” he said.Dr. Wijewickrama said even doctors, nurses and other relevant health authorities are educated by health authorities on special measures that should be taken to eradicate the dengue menace.
    He further advised school authorities to educate students about proper waste disposal methods as a large volume of waste is collected from classrooms.“Mosquitoes are also using roof gutters as breeding places and therefore architects should develop proper roof gutter systems where mosquitoes cannot lay eggs,” he said.
    NCD Senior Director Maud Senaratne said the Council is managing a school for hearing-impaired children of low-income groups and thereafter, these students will be directed to job-oriented programmes enabling them to become employable.



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