At present, Dengue is one of the main environmental health problem in Sri Lanka.
With the start of rainy season, the density of mosquito population will also be high. Accordingly, there is a greater chance of spreading of dengue disease further.
Ragama area of Gampaha district has been identified as an area with high population density of the vector mosquito. Considering this, the Environmental Education & Awareness Division of the Central Environmental Authority had organized an awareness program on “Dengue Prevention through Waste Management” in order to improve the level of awareness among the railway passengers in this regard. This awareness program was conducted with the coordination of the offices of the Department of Sri Lanka Railway, Ragama railway station, and Gampaha District office of the Central Environmental Authority. The program was held on 20th May 2018 from 9.30 – 11.30 am the Ragama Railway station.
In this program the communication system of the Railway station was used to disseminate the knowledge on dengue prevention through solid waste management. The message was disseminated in both Sinhala and Tamil languages. Meanwhile the leaflets on Dengue prevention and waste management were distributed among the railway passengers. Approximately around 500 passengers were participated in this program.
Environmental Education & Awareness Division of the Central Environmental Authority to disseminate this message among the general public by this program and has planned to conduct such programs to raise the level of awareness among the general public in the future as well.