National Dengue Prevention Week concludes on Feb13
The Ministry of Health-declared National Dengue Prevention Week,
which would be effective from February 6 - 13, would see many islandwide
cleaning campaigns being launched for mosquito eradication and raising
awareness about the issue among the public.
The cleaning of mosquito breeding places has gained added importance
as the continuous rains the country has been experiencing for the past
few weeks have increased the possibility of mosquito breeding.
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena was also to seek Cabinet
approval for the purchase of the BTI bacteria to spray within the
Colombo municipal limits to combat the menace of dengue in the city.
During January, 2,969 suspected dengue cases had been reported to the
Epidemiology Unit from across the island. Colombo district reported the
highest number of cases with 685 patients while Kurunegala also reported
666 cases of dengue.
Despite efforts to contain mosquito breeding and eradicate the
menace, Sri Lanka reported 44,395 cases of dengue last year, a nearly 56
percent growth from the previous year.