In response to a directive from the Minister of Health, the 59 Group contacted the Principal of Royal College to organize an eradication project to rid the College Campus of the Dengue Menace. He said that Royal College has a student population of 8,000 and a teaching fraternity of 450. In addition, the non academic staff and stake-holders visiting the premises are at a risk of being affected by this disease spreading insect pests.
Dengue fever is a debilitating mosquito-borne disease that is potentially fatal, particularly in young children. The peak incidence comes after the monsoon season, when the density of the mosquito carrier species, is especially high. The Royal College 59 Group, which has initiated many projects in assisting the College , responded immediately to identify a professional Pest Control Organisation and to initiate an eradication project. However, as in many Industries, the CEO of the Leading Pest Control Orgnanisation, Suren Cooke happened to be a distinguished Old Boy of the College, who volunteered to sponsor the entire Dengue Control Programme. The treatment was successfully completed, under the supervision of Mr Sheran Cooke, who is a third generation Royalist. An effective and sustainable control method in reducing the density of mosquitoes was undertaken by spraying chemicals to control the larvae and to reduce the adult population by use of an adulticide to potential target sites, using a thermal fogger.
Extracts from the Royal College Principal's letter to Suren Cooke Agencies, is as follows:-
"Suren Cooke Agencies" conducted a thorough process of extermination and pest control, making sure Royal College is free from various unwanted insects and disease spreading organisms.
Royal College acknowledges and appreciates this gesture and commends Suren Cooke Agencies for a job well done to uplift the standards of Royal College in terms of the environment".
"Every nook and corner of Royal College was explored and they did a thorough job. The effort put in by the technicians in administering the pesticides is absolutely commendable".