Dengue related litigations decline


The number of cases of filed against mosquito breeders has declined in the first six months of this year against the corresponding period last year.
Public Health Inspectors’ (PHI) Association Secretary Senarath Bandara told the Sunday Times that a total of 4,456 cases were filed against persons who had mosquito larva in their household compounds, business places or institutions, in the first six months of this year.
“This is less than half the cases filed in the corresponding period in 2011,” he revealed.

The number of cases filed in the first half of 2011 was 10,361, while a total of 13,449 cases were filed in 2011, he added. Last year, Rs 380 million was collected as fines, while this year, the fines collected is Rs 150 million, he said.
“Although, last year, we took legal action against those who had mosquito breeding sites, whether mosquito larvae was present or not, we did not do it this year,” he explained.

One reason for the reduction in the number of cases filed against mosquito breeders could have been that PHIs sued them only if mosquito larvae was found in containers filled with water, he explained. Though the number of cases filed has decreased, the number of dengue patients reported in the first six months of this year, increased.

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