Colombo: Sri Lanka has decided to deploy the military and the police identify and destroy the mosquito breeding sites in view of an alarming rise in the number of dengue patients.
The military and the police are to be deployed with lead taken by the ministry of defence to eradicate mosquitos, police said today.
The national mosquito eradication month is to be launched tomorrow in view of the high number of dengue fever victims.
A total of 400-500 personnel will be deployed to identify and destroy the mosquito breeding sites within the high risk wards.
During the first six months of the year, there have been over 11,300 victims of dengue fever while 76 people died.
The health sector trade unions have claimed that the number of victims in the year had seen a three fold increase over the last year.
Western province the most populated of the island`s nine provinces has recorded the most number of victims.
Authorities blame irresponsible public who pay less attention to keep the environs clean.