By the last week of May 2022 the country has seen a 22 per cent increase in dengue, the National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU) said.
Giving data from 16 – 22 May the NDCU said, 1,576 suspected dengue cases from 24 districts had been detected in the last week of May.
This, the unit said was in comparison to the 1,294 cases seen during the third week of the month. It noted that of all reported cases 46.8 per cent were from the Western Province with 6.8 per cent being detected from the Colombo Municipal Council area, while the rest of the cases were from the Colombo District (19.1 per cent).
Giving a breakdown, the unit said the Gampaha District had recorded 10.9 per cent, and Kalutara District 10 per cent of the cases. Also, Ratnapura (7.6 per cent), Kandy (7.2 per cent), Jaffna (6.2 per cent) and Galle (six per cent) have had a comparatively high number of cases within the first 20 weeks of this year.
Health authorities said the number of dengue deaths had topped 20 from January 2022 to date.
Dr. Sudath Samaraweera when contacted stressed that instead of focussing on the deaths which were very much less than the number seen during the Covid -19 pandemic, the focus should be on the dengue cases themselves and the effort to reduce them – especially with intermittent showers being experienced in several parts of the country.
Already 80 Medical Offices of Health (MOH) areas have been identified as high-risk during the 20 weeks. Of them 33 have shown increasing numbers in the last week compared to week 19.
Another 48 MOH areas continue to show high numbers both in week 19 and week 20. Kolonnawa, Dompe, Seeduwa, Wadduwa, Akurana, Kundasale, Poojapitiya, Udunuwara, Yatinuwara, Kopay, Tellipalai, Uduvil, Chankanai, Sandilipai, Nikaweratiya and several other areas in the Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provinces were identified as high risk areas.
By Dilanthi Jayamanne and Kanchana Kolagolla