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5,267 mosquito breeding grounds in Colombo

By Shabna Cader
The Ministry of Health has reported that 5,267 governmental and non-governmental institutions have been identified as mosquito breeding grounds.
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kariyawasam said 503 areas within the Colombo city limits had been identified as mosquito breeding grounds.
“Of the 503 areas, 384 have been declared as possible breeding sites. Mosquito larvae have been identified in 23 of these places. Notices have already been issued about cleanliness procedures. The CMC has directed 56 institutions to clear areas immediately within the next two days,” he said.
Dr. Kariyawasam said if they did not take the council advice seriously, legal action would be instituted against the owners of these institutions.
He said refusal to adhere to council order was harmful to the community.
These locations had been identified during inspections carried out in line with the national mosquito prevention week.
The national mosquito prevention week will continue until March 29.