Foreign trips of Health officials cancelled Delay to import bacteria to fight diseases is in the Registrar of Pesticide office Sri Lanka

  • 25 Nov 2009 19:32:31 GMT

    [Swine flue, Leptospirosis commonly known as rat fever and Dengue now spreading in the country.]

    High time the WHO set up it`s HQ in Sri Lanka as even the President of the WHO Health Minister Nimal Siripala is also living in Sri Lanka!

    How pathetic is the health service in Sri lanka, some doctors in govt service in Sri lanka did not even know about Tamiflu that is being used all over the world to treat swine flu patients.

  • 25 Nov 2009 21:43:43 GMT

    Seems to me a perfectly good reason to LEAVE the country.

    By the way, in western countries people are getting vaccinated for swine flew at the moment. I suppose moneyproblems are the reason you still have to struggle with Tamiflu.

    Be aware not to buy Tamiflu on the internet, especially Russians are selling fake stuff there.

  • 4 Jan 2010 02:56:41 GMT

    Cuba gifts bacillus to control dengue and leptospirosis.

    [A stock of 30,000 litres of Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelenesis (BTI) to control dengue and leptospirosis will arrive from Cuba by the end of January, a spokesman of the Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry said yesterday.

    The BTI stock is coming as a donation from Cuba to Sri Lanka, and the bacteria will be used for the first time in Sri Lanka to control dengue and leptospirosis, said ministry spokesman W.M.D.Wanninayaka.

    The bacteria will be first used as a pilot project in Kandy, Akurana and Gampola. Arrangements have been made to spray BTI from the air using Air Force helicopters. Cabinet has already approved Rs. 200 million for the purpose, said Mr. Wanninayaka.

    The bacteria will also be used to destroy rodents, which are the main source of leptospirosis, he said.

    Health authorities are worried about the possibility of dengue spreading to epidemic proportions this year and claiming more victims. There were 334 dengue related deaths and 33,081 reported cases of dengue up to yesterday according to the Government Epidemiology Unit.

    Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva had got down two epidemiologists from Cuba to conduct a study on the use of BTI last year. They had recommended air spraying of BTI as a tried and tested method to control rapidly spreading dengue, said Wanninayaka.

    He said there was a slight delay in importing the stock of BTI as it needed Agriculture Ministry approval. Many countries do not use it as a pest or vector control method.]