DENGUE CONTROL PROGRAMME

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Flood-affected areas will be subjected to fogging in order to destroy adult Dengue mosquitoes, while larvicide and other chemicals will be sprayed to eradicate mosquito larvae evident in water-accumulated locations in the Western Province, Consultant Community Physician attached to the Dengue Control Unit Dr. Prachila Samaraweera said yesterday. She also said a routine inspection will be carried out in non-flood affected areas in the Western Province, as part of a special Dengue Control Programme scheduled for today, tomorrow and June 4, falling in line with the Environment Week. Speaking to Daily Mirror, Dr. Samaraweera said the routine inspections will be carried out in 29 MOH units, with the participation of 363 teams, including the Local Government, the Tri Forces, the Police and volunteers.

“Currently 17,466 Dengue cases have been reported island-wide and 52 percent of the cases were reported from the Western Province. Since June and July are the peak months for Dengue, we are taking all possible measures to control an outbreak” Dr. Samaraweera added. When contacted by Daily Mirror, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of CMC Dr. Ratnawardene further affirmed that a houseto- house inspection in line with the Dengue Prevention Programme will be carried out in flood-affected areas on the above mentioned dates by the Colombo Municipal Council, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. “We do not have a single medical camp within the Colombo city limits now, as we are planning on conducting an inspection in flood-affected areas in the following days.” As we have disinfected all flood-affected areas with disinfectants such as Lysol, flood victims who were previously lodged in camps have settled in their respective houses again” Dr. Ratnawardene added.

As the peak season for Dengue falls in June and July, Dr. Ratnawardene said there is a high potential for a Dengue outbreak to spread across flood-affected areas during this time of the year. Thus, she said the screening of such places, fogging and further guidelines will be provided to the public during inspections, in order to prevent an outbreak of dengue mosquitoes. According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, the least number of Dengue cases in Colombo was reported in May, which amounts to 168. The highest number of dengue cases in Colombo was recorded in January, amounting to 2184 cases. However, to date the highest number of dengue cases for the year was recorded in February which amounts to 4437 island-wide, while the lowest was 893 cases recorded in May