June 09, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities will implement a special island wide dengue eradication program next week 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 decision to implement a special program was reached when the Presidential Task Force on Eradicating Dengue met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today.
During the meeting the President pointed out the need of a practical programme to eradicate the disease.
The program will be implemented next week with the support of government officials, tri forces, police and local government bodies. Under the program searches for mosquito breeding places in residences will be conducted and the public will be enlightened on how the disease spreads and how to prevent it.
So far this year, 12,673 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Nearly 36 percent of the cases were recorded in the Colombo district and nearly 60 percent of the reported dengue cases were from the Western Province which includes Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha districts.
Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Amaraweera, Basil Rajapaksa, Deputy Minister Duleep Wijesekara, Chief Ministers of all provinces, Secretary to the Health Ministry Sudharma Karunaratne, Director of Epidemiology Unit Dr. Paba Palihawadana , Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga were also present at the discussion.
(Photos by Nishanka de Silva)