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Jaffna Civilians Join Hands with Soldiers to Eradicate Mosquitoes
[Updated :: 2011-03-23 16:20:08 Hours]

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 programme.

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