CMC launches operations to curb spreading Dengue

CMC launches operations to curb spreading Dengue

CMC launches operations to curb spreading Dengue

Written by Tharushan Fernando

31 Jan, 2016 | 9:36 pm

The Colombo Municipal Council says that there is a risk in the spread of dengue in several areas in the city of Colombo.

In an operation conducted by the Municipal Council, it was revealed that Dengue mosquitoes have spread in areas such  as Cinnamon Gardens, Dematagoda and Wellawatte.

Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Colombo Municipal Council, Ruwan Wijeyamuni stated that unlike the belief of most people that the mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus can only spread or infuse the Dengue virus – the  Dengue mosquitoes also spread the Chikungunya virus, and  the Zika Virus which is currently spreading rapidly across America and Africa and four other diseases

Although this is not the rainy season, the spread of Dengue mosquitoes has seen a rise. Four hundred and eighty three (483) cases have been reported this month in the Colombo Municipality. The majority of patients reported are from areas with cluster housing.

Waste management problems brought about by congestion, contribute to creating breeding grounds for the Dengue mosquito.Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ruwan Wijeymuni also noted that all capable measures are being taken to destroy primary mosquito breeding places and also to destroy the female mosquitoes through biological and chemical sciences.

“We hope to conduct Dengue Prevention Campaigns in the future with the assistance of the Ministry of Health,” he said

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