Feb 06, Colombo: The Health Ministry of Sri Lanka says that the BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) bacteria that is to be used to prevent the spread of mosquitoes in Colombo and its suburbs would cost millions to the country.
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has said that the BTI bacteria that would be purchased to use in Colombo, Dehiwala, Mount Lavinia and Kolonnawa areas would cost Rs. 225 million to the government.
He has added that the effect of the bacteria would only last for a week.
The Health Minister is to present the relevant Cabinet papers for approval this week to purchase the BTI bacteria.
The BTI bacteria, which is manufactured in China, will be purchased from Cuba.