Dengue in Borelesgamuwa

Published : 9:44 am  March 23, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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By H.M.Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath
More than 100 dengue positive cases had been reported from the Borelesgamuwa UC area, sources said yesterday.
Residents had demanded a quick programme to prevent the spread of the deadly disease, they said.

Medical Officer of Health, Borelesgamuwa Division Dr. Samanthika Wijesundara said the Public Health Officers were carrying on continual inspection of home gardens, public institutions, and the roadsides to clear the dengue breeding grounds. 

She said the haphazard disposal of solid waste had created a serious health hazard that resulted in the rise in dengue fever in the area. Dr. Mrs. Wijesundara pointed out that more than 100 patients reported from the area was a clear indication that the disease was spreading in alarming proportions.

“In addition to the inspections carried out by the PHIs and collecting solid waste, we have launched a massive programme to create public awareness on precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of the disease and on the need to take immediate treatment at a Government hospital if any symptoms of the diseases appear,” she said.

“The public awareness programme covering 18 Grama Niladhari areas included a propaganda campaign using public address systems , display of banners, and giving instructions to the people at door step,” she said.

Public Health Inspectors , officials of the Borelesgamuwa UC, and representatives of Civil Society Organisations in the area are carrying on the Dengue prevention campaign on the instructions of the MOH.