Dengue prevention assistants call off protest 

  • Audience to be granted with Keheliya on 21 February  

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

The dengue prevention assistants who were staging a protest at the Health Ministry premises demanding the confirmation of their appointments yesterday (10) ended the said protest action after they were promised a meeting with Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on 21 February.

Members of the All Ceylon Dengue Prevention Assistants’ Association (ACDPAA) marched to the Health Ministry on Wednesday (9) from the Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo in a protest march, demanding that the Government make their jobs permanent. The riot police were also called in to control the unrest as they tried to enter the Health Ministry premises. They then staged a protest inside the Health Ministry premises, alleging that their demands had not been responded to. The ACDPAA members remained in the Health Ministry premises until last morning. Several of them had the opportunity to have a discussion with an Additional Secretary of the Health Ministry last morning.

During that discussion, the said Additional Secretary had informed the protestors that they could meet Rambukwella on 21 February and discuss their issues, after which the ACDPAA had decided to end the protest and leave the Health Ministry premises.

Speaking to the media at the time, ACDPAA President Roshan Perera said that their demands had been made very clear and in writing to the relevant institutions, including the Health Ministry. “We have made our demands very clear, so we expect a fair response from the Health Ministry. If not, we will come back here with all these people,” he warned.