North and East hit by dengue – Devananda
Sri Lanka on the one hand is plagued by COVID-19 and on the other by dengue, Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda, speaking in Parliament on 23 October, said.
He further said that a large number of people living in the North and East have been afflicted by dengue. He said that therefore action needs to be taken to control this situation there.
Meanwhile, he said that to prevent the spread of COVID-19, he advised fishers not to have any dealings with Indian fishers who poach in Sri Lankan waters. Devananda further said that interactions and transactions with Indian fishers have been temporarily banned.
Devananda also told the house that it was during this time of the year that the fish harvest is plentiful.
He however, said that steps have been taken by the Fisheries Department to buy the fish harvest reaped by fishers. Simultaneously, measures have been taken to ensure that the consumer gets his fish supply at a reasonable price, he added.