Aug 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Authority has confirmed that the Dengue Epidemic that has become a concern in the island for the past few months is successfully brought under control by the measures taken by the relevant government authorities and collective effort of the general public alike.
The Authority in a statement said the reported cases have dropped by 35-40% since mid-July according to the sources of Ministry of Health. Regular campaigns were implemented to educate, clean up areas and other preventive measures have been taking place to control the spreading of the disease under guidance and surveillance of the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka.
The effects of recent floods which contributed to the spread of epidemic are being effectively attended to led by the state authorities (with the required high level intervention) in a sustainable manner to prevent recurrence of pollution through effective garbage disposal.
The number of Dengue cases have decreased sharply by 40% since mid-July due to planned and systematic efforts by the respective state authorities in the recent weeks.
Impact of dengue in other parts of the country (other than Western Province) have been minimal and continue to be under complete control and surveillance.
Tourists are seen to be freely moving around the country including in the city of Colombo. The tourist hot spots and hotels in the suburban areas are not affected.
Sri Lanka Tourism Authority is of the opinion that aggressive actions taken by the Health Ministry and the Local authorities in affected areas to arrest the situation have yielded results. Sri Lanka Tourism will continue to update the progress and is confident that there is no cause for alarm.
Sri Lanka Tourism urged the travelers to resort to correct sources of information to find out the latest updates on the disease such as Ministry of Health website and all Sri Lanka Missions abroad.