Country besieged by vector-borne diseases

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The incidence of some vector-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, lymphatic filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, leishmaniasis (sandfly disease), rickettsioses and malaria was increasing and the Health Ministry had taken action to conduct awareness programmes among the population to eradicate such menace, Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala said yesterday.

He pointed out that the vector-borne diseases in Sri Lanka had shown an upward trend in fairly recent times due to the negligence of people who did not want to get timely medical attention. Those diseases were caused mainly by various parasites.

Dr. Mahhepala added that the SLMA would hold a symposium on vector-borne diseases and their prevention on April 3. A large number of eminent professors would deliver lectures on the diseases, he said.

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