Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi
10 Jul, 2020 | 10:11 am
COLOMBO (News 1st): The release of mosquitoes carrying the “Wolbachia” bacteria to the environment will re-commence by the end of this month, according to health officials.
“The project will re-commence in the areas that come under the purview of the Colombo Municipal Council, and Medical Officer of Health (MOH) area of Nugegoda,” Dr. Aruna Jayasekara – the Director of the National Dengue Control Unit said on Friday (July 10).
The bacteria called “Wolbachia” is injected into the mosquito eggs in a bid to control Dengue.
According to Dr. Jayasekara the release of mosquitoes carrying the “Wolbachia” bacteria is practiced in 13 countries across the globe, and given the COVID-19 outbreak, the release of these mosquitoes came to standstill, with the imposition of lock-down type quarantine curfew.
Dr. Jayasekara further said, all 13 countries were compelled to suspend the project in March and by June discussions were held on the re-commencement of the project, adding measures are currently underway to facilitate its systematic return.
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