Dengue on the Rise : 17,030 Dengue patients reported in 2021

Dengue on the Rise : 17,030 Dengue patients reported in 2021

Dengue on the Rise : 17,030 Dengue patients reported in 2021

Written by Staff Writer

05 Aug, 2021 | 2:44 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Ministry of Health said 10 districts were identified as Dengue High-Risk Zones.

Community Physician at the National Dengue Control Unit – Specialist Dr. Himali Herath stressed that people must remain vigilant regarding the prevailing situation with regard to Dengue and urged the people to take the necessary precautions.

Dr. Himali Herath said the rate of Dengue cases could further increase given the monsoon season.

According to Dr. Herath, during the course of this year, 17,030 Dengue patients have been reported in the country so far, with a majority of the cases being recorded from the Western Province.

Dr. Herath said Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Kandy, Matara, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle and Hambantota have been identified as the Dengue High-Risk Zones.

The Ministry of Health said 3292 Dengue patients were reported across the country, during the month of July alone.

Community Physician Specialist Dr. Himali Herath said Dengue Eradication programs are being conducted at selected MOH areas in the Dengue High-Risk Zones.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Police Kennels Division had successfully trained two K9 Units to detect dengue breeding grounds.

Police Spokesperson Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said the K9 Units will be assigned to operations carried out by the Environment Division of Sri Lanka Police while also supporting the efforts of Health Inspectors to crackdown on dengue breeding grounds.

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