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* Dengue prevention programme to begin in Sri Lanka today
Thu, Jul 3, 2014, 12:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 03, Colombo: The second operation of the dengue prevention programme jointly conducted by the Ministry of Health, the Tri Forces, the Police and the Civil Defense Department will commence today and will be held until Saturday.

Sri Lankan authorities last month decided to implement a special island wide dengue eradication program to control the spreading of the mosquito-borne disease as several areas in the country, especially in Colombo, are faced with the risk of reaching epidemic levels.

The first phase of the program, carried out from June 20th to 22nd, inspected over150,000 premises in the Western Province. Mosquito larvae were found in 2,760 of the premises inspected, the national radio reported.

According to the Epidemiology Unit of Ministry of Health, during the last 6 months of this year 18,339 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island and 10,877 of them were recorded from the three districts of the Western Province.

The Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Mahipala said that the Health Ministry has provided facilities for obtaining blood tests from any hospital throughout the country within 30 minutes.

The official further said that critical care units and laboratory facilities have been established in all hospitals and the necessary trainings have been provided to the nursing staff.

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