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BTI for schools courtesy Cuban Embassy

2013 Jul 02

By Umesh Moramudali


The Ministry of Health (MoH) is hoping to provide Bacillus Thuringiensis sub-species Israelensis (BTI) bacteria to schools to contain the spread of  dengue.


The Cuban Embassy in Sri Lanka had agreed on Saturday (29 June) to provide 2,000 litres of BTI bacteria, gratis, to the ministry to assist in the efforts mooted to eliminate breeding sites of the aedes mosquito from the premises of schools.  


According to the Spokesman of the Ministry of Health, 25% of dengue patients comprise school children, with more school children reportedly contracting the virus this year, compared to corresponding figures of last year. Of the dengue patients reported in 2013, 14% are in age group of 11-15 years and 11% belong to the age group 5-10 years. In 2012, the percentage of school children who had reportedly been affected was 20. “This shows an increase this year and we need to combat the spread of the disease,” the spokesman pointed out.


He also stressed that Dengue Prevention Week commences today (1) and the Ministry of Health would be working in tandem with some other ministries in its endeavour to stem the spread of the deadly disease.

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