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Western Province Dengue Eradication Programme: SLAF deploys drones for assistance

By Sarah Hannan

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), in response to a request made by the Western Province Governor, agreed to use drone technology to locate potential dengue mosquito breeding grounds, the Air Force Media Unit revealed.

The Public Health Division of the Western Province collaborated with the Sri Lanka Air Force in carrying out the surveillance exercise recently, and the drone mapping in that regard was done at Wellawaththa, Wadduwa, Biyagama BOI Zone, Wathupitiwala, Obeysekarapura, Rajagiriya, Peliyagoda, Kelaniya, Kolonnawa, and Piliyandala as these have been identified as areas with a high prevalence of dengue over the past months.

“The drones will be used to monitor difficult-to-access areas, abandoned properties that are locked to the public. The drones will be capturing these areas and will be geo-tagging as well, so that action against hosting such breeding grounds by private or corporate property owners can be taken accordingly. The amount of areas that can be monitored will increase as we continue to use this technique,” Dengue Control Unit Director Dr. Anura Jayasekara told The Morning.