More good news for visitors to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, widely hailed as the fastest-growing tourists market in Asia, if not the world.
The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) has carried out another dengue prevention and clean-up campaign throughout the city, which was flooded by the last monsoon rains.
It comes after a country-wide anti-mosquito drive in the wake of global health fears prompted by the spread of Zika, a disease that causes severe cerebral deformities in unborn babies, and which is spread by the dengue mosquito.
SLRCS reports that the Colombo branch coördinated with Divisional Secretariat, Municipal Council, Medical Officer of Health, Civil Society and Sri Lanka Police in a “door-to-door campaign inspecting the environment of the households and whether they are kept clean and free of mosquito breeding sites”.
“Areas in the Kolonnawa Division, which was the highest reported cases of the dengue disease saw cleaning activities been carried out in Welewatta, Kiththampawwa, Halmulla, Kotuwila, Megoda Kolonnawa, Singhapura, Salamulla, Sedawatta, Orugodawatta, Kuruniyawatta.”
Once inspected, premises are certified if found to be clean and free of mosquito breeding sites. If there are areas of possible mosquito breeding ground, volunteers clean up the area.
This activity is part of SLRCS Post Flood Recovery support to people affected by the recent floods, and are carried out thanks to generous funding from Oxfam Sri Lanka and public donations.
The two peak seasons for dengue are from October to December and May to July. The most affected cities include Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy and Kalutara.