Top City schools breeding mosquitoes

Ten leading schools within the Colombo city limits will be among 320 schools against which legal action will be taken by the Health Ministry after disease causing mosquito breeding sites were found within their premises.

Most of the offending schools were found to be in the Western Province while those in rural areas were found to be better maintained, a Health Ministry official said. The mosquito breeding sites were found when Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) islandwide carried out day long checks on over 6,000 schools on Friday.

The PHIs were directed to carry out the checks to ensure that mosquito causing diseases such as dengue and malaria are not transmitted to school children while in school.

It was also found that none of the awareness programmes that were initiated by the Health Ministry to prevent such diseases had been carried out by the Principals of the schools in question. These 320 schools were found to be highly vulnerable places for the spread of the disease.

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