BE VIG­I­LANT OF Dengue virus:cmc

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO -

The Colombo Mu­nic­i­pal­ity yes­ter­day re­quested res­i­dents to be cau­tious of the dengue virus as the mos­quito den­sity in the city had in­creased re­cently.

Speak­ing to the Daily Mir­ror, Colombo Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer (CMO) Dr. Ruwan Wi­jey­muni said the num­ber of dengue pa­tients had been at an all time low dur­ing the last two weeks of Septem­ber.

How­ever, the re­cent weather had re­sulted in an in­crease in the den­sity of the mos­quito pop­u­la­tion.

The Health Min­istry and the National Dengue Con­trol Unit too have taken mea­sures to com­bat an in­crease in the virus. Me­dia re­ports stated that the Unit had been in­structed to con­tinue and am­plify mea­sures that were al­ready in place to com­bat the virus.

Health Min­is­ter Ra­jitha Se­naratne had no­ti­fied the Unit to launch dengue con­trol pro­grammes swiftly in the West­ern, Sabaraga­muwa, North West­ern and North­ern Prov­inces.

Mean­while, sta­tis­tics from the Epi­demi­ol­ogy Unit stated that 158,024 dengue pa­tients had been re­ported dur­ing the year so far, with 43.31 per­cent of the pa­tients re­ported from the West­ern Prov­ince. The high­est num­ber of dengue pa­tients was re­ported in July at 40,602 pa­tients.

Sta­tis­tics also showed that 30,803 pa­tients had been re­ported from Colombo Dis­trict so far, 28,408 from Gam­paha Dis­trict and 9,230 pa­tients from Ka­lu­tara. Only 4,900 cases of dengue was re­ported from Colombo City, while the re­main­ing 25,903 pa­tients were re­ported from other parts of the

Dis­tricts.

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