Sri Lanka declares national Dengue Prevention Week from January 16

Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has declared the week from January 16-22 as a National Dengue Prevention Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication as well as awareness campaigns.

Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo Friday, the Additional Secretary to the Health Ministry Dr. Palitha Mahipala said the Ministry has once again focused on a national campaign to prevent spread of dengue during the current rainy season.

The Ministry has allocated Rs. 300 million for the purpose under the directions of the Minister of Health Maithreepala Sirisena, the official said.

During the week starting from January 16 to 22, health officials with the assistance of the security forces will inspect houses and building premises to check for dengue breeding places and issue a citation where dengue breeding places are identified.

The Ministry has warned to take stern legal action against the people who hinder the inspections and services of health officials during the mosquito eradication program.

Sri Lanka’s aggressive dengue eradication program has been a success in recent years. In 2011, the number of suspected dengue cases declined 17.5 percent to 28,137 from a total of 34,105 in 2010.

During last year 185 deaths have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. There were 246 deaths due to dengue in 2010.

Nearly 56 percent of dengue cases and 125 deaths in 2011 were reported from the Western Province. The highest numbers of dengue cases have been reported during the month of July.

So far this year 734 cases of dengue and five deaths due to the disease have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit.

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