Kill mossies, qualify for LG polls nominations, Sirisena tells SLFPers

by Dasun Edirisinghe

SLFP General Secretary, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, yesterday said that UPFA local government representatives, who had spearheaded the campaign against dengue effectively, would be given an opportunity to contest the forthcoming local government elections on the UPFA ticket.

Minister Sirisena said that their service to the community would be recognised. According to him, it would be the responsibility of local government authorities, including Pradeshiya Sabhas, Urban Councils and Municipal Councils to ensure a clean environment.

Blaming the local government authorities for failing to do their job, Minister Sirisena said that negligence on the part of local government bodies to keep the environment clean had led to a high incidence of dengue.

Minister Sirisena said there had been about 35,000 dengue patients in 2009. He placed the number of deaths at 350.

A Presidential Task Force had to be appointed to bolster their efforts to battle dengue due to the rapid deterioration of the situation in the first quarter of 2010, the Minister said adding, "There have 16,000 dengue patients and over 100 deaths so far this year."


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