By Rifkhan Arbee, SLRCS Colombo Branch
26/06/2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka The Dengue crisis in Sri Lanka has been and is still a huge disadvantage to the community of Sri Lanka and therefore the Sri Lanka Red Cross Societys Colombo Branch is challenged by the dengue crisis and is already implementing some of their ideas in the eradication of the dengue mosquitoes.
The Red Cross Colombo branch launched the Dengue prevention campaign in Kaduwela with the participation of health officials, Red Cross volunteers, Branch Executive Officer, field officers, and the Public Health Inspectors.
The community were given an idea on how to eradicate dengue by doctors, Medical Officer of Health who were present.
Leaflets and information cards were distributed during the day so the identification of dengue breeding sites would be easier to find and removed.
Volunteers from the Colombo Branch were involved in this campaign where each volunteer will visit 20 houses twice a week for a period of 4 weeks. Red Cross Volunteers will cover 800 households continuously for a period of 2 months.
A planning process for more dengue prevention campaigns are taking place for the Kolonnawa and Homagama divisions as well.