The President also requested all the politicians to provide their proactive contribution in giving essential facilities for the programs initiated island-wide to prevent the spread of dengue virus.
Furthermore the President instructed to implement a joint national program with public and private sectors from 01st June and further stated to declare three months period from 01 June for the prevention of dengue virus.
He made these instructions during a meeting with a Special Task Force on dengue prevention held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (16th May).
President Sirisena summoned the Task Force on dengue prevention to discuss the steps that should be taken to prevent the rapid spread of dengue. He also instructed the officials to submit a written report on the issues they faced when implementing the dengue prevention programs.
The President said that in the future a number of Gazette notifications will be issued declaring the steps that should be taken by the public sector as the Government institutions to combat the dengue virus and he further said that the private sector too will be apprised in this regard.
The President gave instructions to enforce the law against water-filled places in mega building construction sites.
Similarly the President said to conduct awareness programs on dengue prevention for one hour on a selected day of the week at all the public and private institutions as well as in schools.
The President directed the relevant sections to arrange required activities to re-activate the producing of bacteria for Dengue prevention through the relevant companies in Sri Lanka.
He also pointed out the importance of telecasting and broadcasting the Dengue awareness programs in media for the people by making them knowledgeable about the actions including destroying of the mosquito breeding places that needs to be taken to prevent Dengue.
The President drew his attention on deploying the environmental police more effectively in the Dengue prevention by strengthening them. He directed the officials to strengthen the program which has been carried out by tri-forces and the Ministry of Health for the prevention of Dengue.
President Sirisena focused on the congestion at hospitals due to the increase of Dengue patients. He directed officials to take action to provide them required facilities by acquiring temporary buildings at the hospitals in Ragama and Kalubowila.
He also directed to give priority for the Dengue prevention program at the District Development Committees and Divisional Development Committees. He emphasized that everybody should consider this as an emergency.
He stated that the Ministry of Finance can take action to fulfill the requirements of physical resources and human resources for Dengue prevention.
Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Vajira Abeywardena, Faizer Mustafa, Gayantha Karunathilaka, Duminda Dissanayake, Mahinda Amaraweera, Chief Minister of Western province Isura Dewapriya, Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon, Commanders of Tri-forces, and the Specialist of Dengue Ananda Wijeywickrema also participated in this discussion.