Dengue control initiative launched as cases rise

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The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported from the Western Province during 9 May to 15 May.

According to the weekly report of the National Dengue Control Unit, 1,294 suspected dengue cases had been reported in 22 districts. Of the reported cases 43.0 per cent had been from the Western Province.

Compared to last week, the number of dengue cases has increased in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Galle, Matara, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kalmunai, Puttalam and Ratnapura. 67 MOH areas have been flagged as high-risk areas during week 19.

In a statement, the National Dengue Control Unit said they have organised a mosquito control programme from 18 May to 24 May in risky and high-risk MOH areas in 20 districts. Among them the Forces, Police, Disaster Management Centre and volunteer organisations will take part in the programme.

The Unit also requested public support and expressed that active participation will prevent the spread of dengue, and hoped that people will identify and destroy mosquito breeding grounds in and around their homes, public areas, religious places as well as at places of work.

They also advised those who suffer from fever should only take paracetamol in the prescribed dose as it could be dengue and consult a doctor and should not take any other pills if the fever continues. It further advised that children and pregnant women should exert caution.

By Kanchana Kolagolla