As dengue claims a heavy toll
We will be sitting on a volcano if slum dwellers not relocated – Alavi



By Franklin R. Satyapalan


 


Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana said the government cannot wage a lone battle to eradicate the dengue menace, which has already claimed scores of lives.


With President Mahinda Rajapaksa heading the Task Force on eradicating dengue, there has been much improvement in the collection and recycling of garbage, he said.


UPFA Colombo district parliamentary group leader Minister Susil Premajayanth and Western Province Chief Minister Prasaana Ranatunga convened several meetings of heads of essential services and worked out a house-to-house awareness campaign, he said.


The Governor was addressing the District Secretaries for Colombo T. J. Sylvester, J. J. Ratnasiri (Gampaha), S.Hapuarachchi (Kalutara), Special Commissioner of Colombo Municipal Council, Mrs Badra Jayawardena , Director of Health Services, Western Province, Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva at his office at Unity Plaza last week.


"As the President wanted results and not explanations, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us, from the provincial to the pradeshiya sabha level, to be involved seriously towards the eradication, or if not, at least minimizing the threat of dengue, he noted.


The recent floods and rains have aggravated the problem as slums had been built over drains in Maligawatte, Mattakkuliya and Grandpass . These problems had not been addressed by anybody in authority over the past 50 years. The government has been pushed into finding these people alternate shelter elsewhere, Governor Moulana said.


"Until we move them elsewhere, we have to create an awareness among these people and help them to clean up the place. If this is not done, I think we will be sitting on a volcano".


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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