Written by Lahiru Fernando
05 Apr, 2017 | 9:04 am
Influenza has been taking Sri Lanka on a roller-coaster ride lately and things are only seem to be getting worse.
April 4 – The Peradeniya University was evacuated following the spread of the virus. The affected amounts up-to 40 per cent of the entire student population.
Student population: 12,000 (Approx.)
Students living in dorms: 7,500 (Approx.)
Affected: 3,000 (Approx.)
In-house treated: 31 (As of April 4)
Transferred to Peradeniya Hospital: 34 – suffering from respiratory issues (As of April 4)
According to the vice-chancellor, 50 students had been reported ill at the beginning. However, that number began to rise rapidly, turning 50 into 250 in the following days which later spiked upto 500, and then a scary 3000.
Some of the affected students were transferred to the Peradeniya General Hospital for further treatment.
With over 7,500 living in dorms, there is a high risk of the illness spreading even further. Given the situation, the university administration took a swift decision to close down the university.
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“The Health Authorities request the general public to refrain from gathering at public places …”, says Bandula Yalegama, Minister of Health – Central Province.
The dengue epidemic has claimed 53 lives during the past three months – mounting up to the spike in influenza patient reports across Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is facing a dark period in terms of public health. The people are continuing to suffer and worryingly, the numbers keep rising.
But -the biggest problem in the eyes of the Government Medical Officers Association continues to be the Private Medical Colleges. And yes, the GMOA is preparing to strike on Friday over the “issue”.
As stated by Dr. Nalinda Herath of GMOA: “… The doctors have announced an countrywide strike action and there appears to be a crisis in the country. We will also step away from private practice as well on that day. We will also look in to the option of continuously stepping away from private practice …”
A decision has been reached to remove gutters from all state buildings in the Sabaragamuwa Province. The decision comes as a measure to curb the rapid spread of Dengue in the Province
Over 1,700 dengue patients have been reported from the province so far in 2017, said the Provincial Director of Health Services.
Meanwhile the Dengue Eradication Week saw over 500,000 premises being subjected to inspection during the Dengue Eradication Week.
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