Unstoppable Dengue mosquitoes multiply despite CMC efforts

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BY PIYUMI FONSEKA

Kirula, Modara, Mattakkuliya and Cinnamon Gardens had been identified as high risk dengue zones, the Colombo Municipality said yesterday. Speaking to the Daily Mirror Colombo Municipal Council’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni said the highest number of dengue cases had been reported from Mattakkuliya (30), while 27 had been reported from Cinnamon Gardens (Colombo 07), 25 from Kirula and 18 from Modara. The Municipality recently carried out a massive three-day city wide dengue prevention and clean-up campaign to eradicate dengue mosquito breeding places in houses in which 500 personnel were engaged for a house to house inspection and prevention programme.

During the inspections officials found two percent of the houses inspected had the potential to be mosquito breeding ground. “No matter what we do mosquito density in the city is increasing and the number of cases reported to us has also increased,” Dr. Wijayamuni said. In a bid to reduce the number of dengue cases in and around schools, Dr. Wijayamuni said the Municipality had taken measures at 144 government and non- government schools within the city to establish a dengue monitoring programme.

“The principals have been requested to appoint a group comprising a teacher and prefects to submit a daily report on the school’s dengue status,” he said. Since January 23,630 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. 417 cases were reported in November as of yesterday. Statistics from the Unit showed that 7,704 cases of dengue had been reported in the Colombo District so far this year.