Dengue soaring in the Western Province – hospitals crowded with patients

Dengue soaring in the Western Province – hospitals crowded with patients

Written by Bella Dalima

29 May, 2014 | 9:14 pm

According to health officials thirty individuals have died so far this year in the Western Province due to the Dengue.

Answering to inquiries, Director of Provincial Health Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva stated that Dengue could be eradicated if all officials act with one vision.

Sixty percent (60%) of the nation’s Dengue patients are reported from the Western Province. Health officials have identified that the Dengue disease is spreading rapidly in the Dehiwela, Ratmalana, Kolonnawa, Boralesgamuwa, Moratuwa and Borella areas of the Colombo district.

Director of the Epidemiology Unit Dr. Paba Palihawadana noted that Dengue is also spreading rapidly in the Mahara, Kelaniya, Ja Ela and Wattala areas of the Gamapaha district as well as in the Horana and Panadura medical division in the Kalutara district. 6466 Dengue patients have been reported in the Western Province so far this year, 3985 patients were reported from the Colombo district. 1113 patients were reported from within the Colombo Municipality so far this year.

A number of hospitals are overflowing with Dengue patients. These are visuals capture from the National Hospital in Colombo. The situation is similar at the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital.



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