The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said yesterday the government mechanism established to control the dengue epidemic has become a lucrative source of business for some people.
Dengue control has become a massive project worth billions of rupees, JVP parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake said at a media briefing yesterday.
"During the war, when the war was being fought by a certain group, another group engaged in stealing. Similarly, within the scenario of government's failure in dengue , many have started stealing through the anti-dengue campaign. What the Ministry of Health most often does is provide food and drink to officials who participate in massive workshops held to raise awareness in connection with Dengue. Now it has become a project worth billions of rupees," Ratnayake added.
He also said that Dengue has spread in epidemic proportions as a result of the best community health service in Asia which is 90 years old in Sri Lanka. He said that with the structure of the community health service gradually collapsing that structure has lost the ability to deal with epidemics. They pointed out that the government does not have a national programme to control dengue and such a programme should be launched very soon.
He said that the Government's dengue control procedure now consists of matters such as keeping a count of dengue patients and focusing attention on changing nurses' uniforms due to the increase in dengue patients.
"The Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne is lying to the people about larvae being brought from Australia and that dengue will be eradicated completely by this larvae. If so, dengue should be completely eradicated in Australia. That has not happened. There are no such magical solutions to the control of dengue," Ratnayake added.
He said that the Minister of Health makes false statements that dengue was eradicated in Cuba by deploying the Army and added that "We request the President not to swallow Rajitha's dead ropes." He also said that the President does not make any inquiries and repeats the statements made by the Minister of Health, to the country.
"Dengue in Cuba was eradicated within a period of 10-15 years with the cooperation of all the people. Here too this has to be made a collective effort with the participation of all people in Sri Lanka. For this purpose, the Ministry of Health has to take the initiative," Ratnayake said.
He said that the Red Star Organization of the JVP will within the next 8-9 days hold a dengue control Shramadana campaign in 350 schools across the island. He pointed out that 25% of those who have contracted dengue are students.(Ceylon Today)