22,799 DENGUE CASES, 40 DEATHS IN LAST SIX MONTHS

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BY DIANA UDAYANGANI 22,799 dengue patients had been reported during the last six months, and 40 of them had died, the Health Ministry said. In the Colombo District, 7,369 cases were reported. Dengue patients have mostly sought treatment at the IDH, the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital, the Colombo National Hospital, the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, the Negombo Hospital and the Kandy Hospital.

The ministry is arranging a special threeday programme to contain the spread of the disease as it has reached epidemic proportions in areas such as Matara, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Galle, Gampaha and Matale. The programme will be implemented on July 13, 14 and 15. Schools and construction sites have been identified as places with mosquito breeding grounds. Altogether, 760 groups of health workers will be deployed for the mission.