Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 12 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka declares National Dengue Prevention Week to eradicate mosquito menace
Sun, Jun 19, 2011, 07:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has declared the week from 20th of June to 26th of June as the National Dengue Prevention Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication as well as awareness campaigns.

The National Dengue Prevention Week is jointly launched by the Presidential Dengue Task Force and the Ministry of Health.

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena will launch the programme from Nugegoda MOH division tomorrow.

The Ministry has divided the island into seven dengue zones and the programme is conducted in each zone on one day of the week.

The new programme is different from the previous dengue prevention weeks, a spokesman of the Ministry of Health said. Supervision of the premises for mosquito breeding and awareness programmes are a major part of the programme, the spokesman added.

During the week, special teams will inspect premises for mosquito breeding in 305 MOH divisions throughout the country.

The Minister has warned to take stern legal action against the people who hinder the inspections and services of health officials during the mosquito eradication program.

According to the statistics from the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, the dengue menace has claimed 69 lives and 7,948 people have contracted the disease so far this year.

Nearly one-third of the dengue cases have been reported in the Colombo district. Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, and Batticaloa are the most affected districts.

According to the World Health Organization, there is no effective vaccine again dengue available or drug treatment for those who become infected.

Elimination of breeding places of the female mosquito is the most effective way to prevent the transmission of the dengue virus through the disease-carrying mosquitoes. Anything that can hold water, such as flower pots, empty coconut shells, jars, and places where the rain water collects are breeding grounds for the female Aedes mosquito.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka Freedom Party can consolidate freedom to the whole nation - President
-- [6 hours ago]
Nigerian military delegation in Sri Lanka to learn about welfare systems in Tri Services
-- [6 hours ago]
IFIMES presents a high award to Sri Lanka Foreign Minister
-- [7 hours ago]
IFIMES presents a high award to Sri Lanka Foreign Minister
-- [7 hours ago]
Secretary of Sri Lanka Ministry of Justice summoned before Human Rights Commission
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to introduce a certified price for rubber
-- [8 hours ago]
Coalition party of Sri Lankan government proposes 40% increase in basic salary for public employees
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Election Secretariat to monitor postal voting of Uva Provincial Council election
-- [9 hours ago]
One Health International Conference at Sri Lanka's Peradeniya University
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Navy arrests nine Indian fishermen

Copyright © 2000, 2010 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.