Ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres to be fu­mi­gated be­fore O/ Lev­els be­gin on Dec. 12

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The Health Min­istry will be fu­mi­gat­ing over 5116 ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres in schools in view of the Or­di­nary Level Ex­am­i­na­tions start­ing on De­cem­ber 12.

Na­tional Dengue Con­trol Unit Con­sul­tant com­mu­nity Physi­cian Dr. Preshila Sa­ma­raweera said the de­ci­sion was taken in view of the pre­vail­ing rains which can in­crease the number of mos­quito breed­ing sites that could en­dan­ger the 688,573 stu­dents sit­ting for the ex­ams from De­cem­ber 12 to 21

The number of sus­pected dengue pa­tients across the coun­try as of end Novem­ber stood at 174,009 of which 41.93 per cent of the cases were from the Western Prov­ince.

The coun­try ex­pe­ri­enced the high­est number of pa­tients in the first week of Au­gust with 22,270 re­port­ing for treat­ment for that month. The number of deaths as of end Novem­ber stands at 400.

Dr. Sa­ma­raweera said that the number of dengue pa­tients which stood at around 900 a week has now in­creased to 1500 in the last few weeks.

She warned that the pub­lic should not be com­pla­cent about clean­ing up their homes and sur­round­ings as the number of dengue cases are set to in­crease fur­ther.

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