Health Ministry on alert as Dengue reaches epidemic proportions in SL

Health Ministry on alert as Dengue reaches epidemic proportions in SL

Health Ministry on alert as Dengue reaches epidemic proportions in SL

Written by Tharushan Fernando

26 Jun, 2016 | 9:16 pm

The Ministry of Health states that due to the extensive spread of Dengue in the country, it is now been classified as an epidemic.As a result of this situation, the Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has instructed health officials to begin operations to seek and destroy Dengue breeding grounds through a door to door operation.

International reports suggest that the Dengue disease has spread throughout the globe, with no disparity between cast, creed, race or religion.According to the World Health Organisation nearly 2.4 million cases have been reported annually in the years 2010, 2013 and 2015. The largest number of cases, 1.5 million, was reported from Brazil in 2015.

The highest number of cases reported from the South Asian region is from India.Dengue raises its ugly head from time to time in our country. The spread of the disease began to speed up following the incessant rains experienced in most parts of the country over the past few months. Four districts have now been identified as high risk zones. These district include Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy and Ratnapura.

Thirty one deaths and 19,731 suspected cases of Dengue have been reported in the country during the past six months. 9,393 cases were reported form the Colombo district.

The Epidemiology Unit points out that a majority of cases within the Colombo district have been reported from the areas which fall under the purview of the Colombo Municipal Council, Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia Municipal Council and in the Kolonnawa municipality.

The Ministry of Health, responding to the epidemic, has taken steps to bring down all fumigators present in government hospitals to the Colombo district. Operations to fumigate highly-affected areas commenced on Saturday.

The data collected by the Ministry of Health, reveals that dengue breeding activities show a 6% rise in schools and a 2% rise in work sites when compared to last year’s figures.

The Ministry of health also states that red notices regarding Dengue breeding grounds have been issued to around 70 percent of the building sites in Colombo.Taking this situation into consideration, the Health Ministry has taken measures to initiate Sharmadana campaigns and special door to door programmes to seek and destroy Dengue breeding grounds

The three armed forces, police and civil defence personnel have also been deployed for this purpose

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