Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has declared the week from September 10-16 as a National Dengue Prevention Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication as well as awareness campaigns.
During the Dengue Prevention Week health officials with the assistance of the security forces will inspect houses and building premises to check for dengue breeding places and issue a citation where dengue breeding places are identified.
The Ministry has requested the public to extend support to the health officials who visit the households by cleaning their premises during this period.
National Dengue Prevention Unit of the Health Department meanwhile will launch a two-day programme from tomorrow to clean environment as a measure to control spread of mosquito breeding places.
It has been also proposed to involve school children along with their parents to raise awareness in Dengue as schools are to be accorded priority when it comes to prevention and control of the mosquito-borne disease. A dengue prevention campaign has been planned at schools throughout the island.
According to the Epidemiology Unit of Heath Ministry, during the last 8 months of this year 28,336 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Unit from all over the island. Approximately 57.52% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province.