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* Sri Lankan government declares National Dengue Prevention week next month
Wed, Jul 21, 2010, 07:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 21, Colombo: The third week of August has been declared as the National Dengue Prevention Week by the Sri Lankan government.

Cleaning campaigns as well as dengue prevention and awareness campaigns are to be carried out island wide during the week.

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena informed this decision today (21) at the Local Government Symposium.

Sirisena said that steps have been taken to reserve the first and second Mondays and the third and the fourth Saturdays of the month as part of the National Dengue Prevention programme to carry out activities which involve cleaning and dengue awareness campaigns.

He told the symposium that more than 50% of households had turned into perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes due to the lack of cleanliness and the fact had been revealed during some of the surveys conducted in various provinces.

Health authorities have recorded 158 dengue related deaths while more than 21,000 dengue cases have been reported countrywide so far this year.

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