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* Locally produced BTI ready; to be supplied at request, says Sri Lanka Industrial Technology Institute
Sat, Aug 14, 2010, 07:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Industrial Technology Institute is ready to supply locally produced BTI bacteria at request, an official of the Institute said at a meeting organized by the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

Senior Research Officer of the Industrial Technology Institute Dr. Radhika Samarasekara told media that the local bacteria had already been produced and registered.

She said that the cost for producing BTI locally is far less than importing it. Institute had planned to produce 20,000 liters of the bacteria at the initial stage, as reported earlier.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Ministry of Health Palitha Mahipala said recently that the BTI bacteria to be imported from Cuba this month will be released this month to arrest the mosquito-born dengue epidemic.

A 10,000-liter stock is to be arrived in the country soon. The Ministry has planned to spray the bacteria in selected areas with high spread of dengue as a pilot project.

The Ministry Secretary also said that the Industrial Technology Institute has also agreed to issue 5,000 liters of BTI bacteria that was locally manufactured.

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