Feb 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has declared the week from today to February 13 as a National Dengue Prevention Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication and raising awareness.
The Ministry has emphasized the cleaning of mosquito breeding places during the week since the continuous rains the country experiencing have increased the possibility of mosquito breeding and breeding places.
The Ministry said identified mosquito breeding places with a risk will be cleaned during the week.
The Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena will seek cabinet approval at the cabinet meeting tomorrow to purchase BTI bacteria to spray within the municipal limits of Colombo city to combat the menace of spreading dengue in the capital.
During the month of January, 2969 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Colombo district reported the highest number of case with 685 patients while Kurunegala also had 666 cases of dengue.
Despite concentrated efforts to contain mosquito breeding and eradicate the mosquitoes, Sri Lanka last year reported 44,395 dengue cases, nearly 56% increase from the previous year.
Meanwhile, the Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) of Sri Lanka has decided to boycott all field duties during the Dengue Prevention Week.
President of the Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors' Union, Upul Rohana said the government has ignored their three main demands for over two years and they are compelled to resort to trade union action.
The Union demands Rs. 15,000 for uniform allowance, Rs. 7,500 for fuel allowance and Rs. 2,500 maximum office allowance.