Minister orders use of disinfectants to curb swine flu


BY Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Healthcare Ministry will inform the owners of supermarkets, trade complexes, transport services, communication centres, agency post offices and other public places to clean their environs several times a week using disinfectants to prevent the spread of swine flu.

The owners must use disinfectants to clean stair cases, telephones and chairs in their shops and business places as they could help the spread of the A/H1N1 influenza virus.

Already 25 persons have died of the disease during last two months, the Ministry said.

Health Minister Maithrepala Sirisena yesterday instructed Ministry officials to officially inform all PHIs and MOHs to visit those congested places and distribute leaflets containing prevention methods of A/H1 N1 Influenza, the Ministry said.

A spokesman told The Island that Minister Sirisena was of the view that highly crowded places such as supermarkets, hypermarkets, trade complexes and agency post offices were possible sources of contracting A/H1 N1 influenza because patients suffering from the disease too could visit those places.

The spokesman added that the Healthcare Ministry would send special letters to each owner requesting for assistance in the A H1 N1 prevention programme. The owners would be requested to clean stair cases, telephones, cups and other mostly touched items with some disinfectants several times a day to prevent A/H1 N1 spread.

He said that all MOHs and PHIs would be officially instructed to pay more visits to crowded places in this festive season to check whether the owners of trade complexes comply with the instructions. Those that do not comply would be severely dealt with.

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