Colombo municipality “worst affected” by Dengue menace

Colombo municipality “worst affected” by Dengue menace

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Jun, 2014 | 9:25 pm

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says that 13,323 cases of Dengue have been reported in the past six months.

While the highest number of patients have been reported from the Western Province, the Colombo municipality has the unfortunate distinction of being the worst-affected.

Dr. Ruwan Vijayamuni, chief medical officer of the CMC, says that the situation is dire in the Colombo North and Colombo East areas.

The rapid spread of Dengue has been attributed to poor hygiene in homes, offices and workplaces.

Health authorities note that the Dengue-carrying female mosquito can lay upto between 200 and 300 eggs at once.

A single female mosquito can lay up to 1,500 eggs in her short lifespan, and with about 50 percent of these eggs turning out to be female, this has been cited as the main cause for the increase in the mosquito population.

Doctors say that location conducive to mosquito breeding must be destroyed in order to eradicate this menace.

According to authorities, 5,044 Dengue cases have been reported from the Colombo District this year; 1,303 patients have been reported in the Colombo Municipality; 14 patients were reported from Kirulapona on Tuesday alone.

While 78 patients are being treated for Dengue at the National Hospital in Colombo, hospital authorities say the condition of 17 patients has elevated to the more serious dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Furthermore, 20 children are being treated for Dengue at the Lady Ridgeway Childrens Hospital in Colombo, while five children have been diagnosed with Dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Dr. Asela Gunawardena, director of the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, says that 161 patients are being treated for Dengue at the hospital, with two of them in the Intensive Care Unit.

 

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