Gammadda reaches out with aid as Dengue-related deaths soar; teams to visit affected areas

Gammadda reaches out with aid as Dengue-related deaths soar; teams to visit affected areas

By Keshala Dias

20 Mar, 2017 | 10:05 pm

Another Dengue-related death was reported from Thoppur, Trincomalee today, March 20, bringing the total Dengue-related deaths to fifteen persons in the Trincomalee District.

Around forty new Dengue-related cases were reported in the past 24 hours, ending at 4 p.m. on Monday from the Kinniya Hospital.

The Ministry of Health says over 2,000 Dengue patients have been reported from the Trincomalee District including Kinniya.

The Ministry of Health says that 22,562 Dengue cases have been reported in the country during the past three months.The number of Dengue-related deaths stands at 39.

The highest number of Dengue cases were reported from the Western Province amounting to 5,389.

2,827 Dengue cases were reported from the Gampaha district.

The Ministry of Health says the number of cases have been on the rise during the past few days in the Trincomalee district.

A total of 1,300 cases of Dengue were reported from Kinniya, of which 130 persons are currently receiving in house treatment. A Dengue-related death was reported from Thoppur, Trincomalee today, March 20.

The deceased, aged 27, was a resident of Alainagar.

A total of 18 deaths were reported from the Eastern Province due to the virus.

Community Specialist at the National Dengue Eradication Unit, Dr. Priscilla Samaraweera says that due to the increase in the number of Dengue cases, additional doctors have been assigned to the Kinniya and Trincomalee hospitals.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health notes that a special programme is in place to control the Dengue outbreak by identifying mosquito breeding grounds and disinfecting such areas.


Sixty-six schools which were closed down owning to the threat of Dengue in the Kinniya educational zone re-opened on, March 20.

Provincial Education Director, Ahamad Lebbe said this decision was taken following the control of the virus.He further added that due to the closing of schools for three days, extra classes will be held on Saturdays.


News1st has, through its Gammadda programme, taken steps to provide assistance to families in the Trincomalee District affected by the Dengue virus.

News1st team members will be setting off to Kinniya on the morning of March 21, with mosquito nets, coils, rackets, milk powder and water to distribute among families who are suffering as a result of the Dengue epidemic raising its head, once again, dangerously in the country.