Mar 21, Colombo: The Ministry of Health has deployed a group of 100 special health workers recruited recently to battle the dengue epidemic spreading in the Eastern port city of Trincomalee and neighboring Kinniya at an alarming rate.
The Ministry Saturday recruited 500 Mosquito Eradication Health Service Assistants to battle the mosquito-borne disease in the Western Province. Of the 500 Mosquito Eradication Health Service Assistants, 100 will engage in Dengue Prevention activities in Kinniya, Trincomalee from today (20th March), the Government news portal said.
They were attached to the field duties on Saturday (18th March) after providing a proper training.
The disease is fast spreading in Trincomalee with over 580 reported cases in this month alone. So far this year, the number of dengue patients reported from Trincomalee stand at 1630 and worryingly 960 of them are residents of Kinniya. As of March 19th, 23 people have died from the disease in the district.
Authorities closed all 66 schools in the Kinniya educational zone in Trincomalee for three days following the outbreak in order to clean and fumigate the school premises.
Elsewhere in the country, 9,513 cases have been reported in the Western Province in the first three months of the year while there were 1,465 cases in Jaffna district. A total of 23,047 cases have been reported island wide during this year.
The government has taken a policy decision to recruit 1500 personnel as Mosquito Eradication Health Service Assistants to intensify the losing battle against the dengue mosquitoes.