CMC fights dengue

Published : 9:56 am  February 5, 2015 | No comments so far |  | 


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mosBy Piyumi Fonseka

The Colombo Municipal Council yesterday said that nearly 10,000 houses had been inspected for dengue breeding grounds in the recently concluded dengue campaign.
Municipality Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruwan Wijemuni said that all susceptible places where dengue mosquitoes could be found were cleaned and sprayed with chemicals to prevent mosquito breeding.
“We visited 4,888 houses in Colombo North. 88 potentially breeding places were found and 22 of them were found to be infested with dengue carrier mosquitoes.
“When it comes to Central Colombo area 4,223 houses were visited by our team while almost 112 places were potentially breeding places and 34 of them were breeding,” the CMO said.
Dr. Wijemuni said that Mattakkuliya, Modera and Maligawatta in North Colombo and Jinthupitiya, Grandpass, New Bazzar and Aluthkade in Central Colombo had the highest number of dengue cases reported in the city.

When asked about actions taken so far against owners of those particular breeding places found he said that warning notices were issued for those who had led breeding places and 25 cases were filed so far against them.
Dr. Wijemuni also said that their team was focusing on implementing essential solutions, adding that the eradication of dengue should be a combined duty and a responsibility of the government as well as that of the general public.
Meanwhile, the Epidemiology Unit in its website stated that 5,034 suspected dengue cases had been reported throughout the country in January alone. “Approximately 42.19% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest number of dengue cases were reported during the fourth week of 2015,” the Unit stated. mos3
Statistics provided by the Unit showed that Colombo district reported the highest number of dengue cases at 1,321 in January, with Gampaha reporting 554 and Jaffna reporting 605 cases.