Civilians Join Hands with Soldiers to Eradicate Mosquitoes
[Updated :: 2011-03-23
In keeping with the government-declared National Mosquito Control
Week, the island-wide campaign launched to alleviate mosquito threat,
Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna (SF-J) organized a special
programme in Jaffna town on Tuesday (23) with participation soldiers,
health sector officials, school children and adults.
Nearly 400 students including 75 scouts and girl guides from schools
in Jaffna, Kolombuthurai, Nallur, Kalviyankadu and Kokuvil areas
joined the SF-J soldiers in this programme organized by the Civil
Affairs and Public Relations Office Jaffna with auspices of Commander
SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe.
Commander SF-J, Regional Director of Health Services Dr. A. Ketheeswaran,
Jaffna Mayoress Mrs. Yogeswari Pathgunarasa and senior Army officers
were on the ground encouraging others to clean and smoke the surrounding.
Prior to commencement of the programme, a brief ceremony to make
students and general public aware of mosquito threat and deceases
spread by mosquitoes was held at the Jaffna Railway Station where
the campaign launched.
Addressing the gathering, Regional Director of Health Services Dr.
A. Ketheeswaran educated all present about mosquito-spread deceases
and precautions to be taken. He appreciated Army’s initiative that
always takes lead in all such national projects.
Delivering vote of thanks, Jaffna Mayoress requested her people
to use dustbins to put their garbage as Colombo citizens do and
help make Jaffna a clean and hygienic city. She extended her thanks
to the Army saying that Security Forces - Jaffna organized a number
of such programmes in Jaffna to promote sanitation.
Students who participated in the campaign were presented a parcel
of gift by the Army while refreshments for all had also been arranged
by the Army.
Speaking a few words in Tamil, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe expressed
his gratitude to administrative and health authorities and civil
community in Jaffna for their support shown to the Army in executing
many anti-dengue campaigns launched in Jaffna previously. SF Commander
further mentioned that due to those anti-dengue projects, Jaffna
saw a drastic reduction of dengue patients by mid 2010, which was
the highest in the island in January 2010.
Hindu and catholic priests, senior officials of education and health
sectors, a large crowd of students and soldiers took part in the