The proposal of a herbivorous mosquito introduced to tackle the spread of dengue in the country is just another joke. The Health authorities report that there is a threat of spreading dengue with the effect of North East monsoon rain.
Although the Dengue eradication programmes were implemented island wide with the assistance of the Presidential Task Force, Forces, Police and Community Health Teams in the recent past, they only manage to take legal action like fining the people and unable to find a proper solution to overcome the dengue menace.
At the period when the current president was the Health Minister he came up with an idea importing a bacteria (BTI) from Cuba as a solution to put a stop to dengue but it never happened. Since then many proposals were put forward on eradication dengue but nothing worked out because the government did not have a proper policy.
Some officials from health sector claim that the proposals forwarded by Minister of Health to seek the advice from the health experts and get their active participation on eradication dengue were a failure.
At the end, the Minister of Health tried to cover up the issue by talking about a herbivores mosquito that only sucks nectar as a solution for the dengue crisis, but he was unable to provide the financial and laboratory facilities to the experts came up with the solution.
According to the latest statistics, the number of dengue patients, reported per a week have been reduced from 10,000 to 1500.
The director of the National Dengue Eradication Unit, Dr. Hasitha Thisera said, there is a threat of increasing the number of dengue patients in Colombo, Gampaha, Jaffna, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Puttlam, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, Matara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kalmunai and Kandy districts.