WET WEATHER COULD INCREASE NUMBER OF DENGUE PATIENTS, WARNS NDU

Published : 10:08 am  November 10, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (333) reads | 

s5The National Dengue Unit yesterday warned the number of dengue patients could increase in the coming months due to the wet weather condition. The Unit stated that a two- day dengue prevention programme will be held today (November 10) and tomorrow in the Colombo District under the directions of Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne. A total of 44, 822 Dengue patients had been reported this year so far with many of them being reported from Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Jaffna, and Matara Districts. Officials stated that there was a considerable decrease in the number of households reporting dengue breeding grounds and potential breeding grounds. However, public and private institutions, schools and other educational facilities, religious places, construction sites were more likely to be found with dengue breeding grounds or potential areas of dengue breeding grounds. At the recently concluded meeting held with a number of heads of departments Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne instructed Health Ministry officials to establish a programme together with the Education Secretary to inspect all school premises, to take measures to inspect construction sites and expedite the process of appointing the proposed 1,500 field inspectors. Those inspectors would regulate the fumigation process and the Minster had instructed to subject those officers to a medical check up.