Schools will reopen next week only with mosquito clearance certificate?

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

All schools would re-commence their academic activities for the third term, once they were cleared of mosquito breeding sites, the Education Ministry said.

During the last eight months, 146,710 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry from all over the country. Approximately 44.08 percent of dengue cases were reported from the Western province and the highest number of dengue cases was reported during the 29th week of this year.

In August, 18,983 dengue cases were recorded and there has been a reduction in the number compared to that of July, when 40,781 cases were reported to the Epidemiology Unit. According to the National Dengue Control Unit, approximately 30 percent of dengue patients are children between 5 and 19 years of age.

Education Ministry Media Spokesman Kalpa Gunaratne yesterday said Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam had instructed all officials to take necessary action to clean school premises to ensure all schools were free from dengue mosquitoes and breeding sites.

All arrangements had been taken by the Ministry to hold a three-day dengue control programme in all schools, countrywide before they re-commenced on September 06 for the third term academic activities, Gunaratne said.

The three-day programme would be held on September 03, 04 and 05 with the participation of students, parents and members of old pupils’ associations and members of School Development Associations in schools countrywide, he said.

Security forces, the police and the Civil Defence Force would also join in the cleaning programme, to be conducted by the Education Ministry together with the Health Ministry and the Presidential Task Force, Gunaratne said.

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