Marked decrease in dengue cases

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Epidemiology Unit (EU) yesterday said that the number of dengue patients reported in the Country from the beginning of the year till Thursday (October- 01) was about 21,070 as compared to 32,362 reported during the corresponding period last year.

The highest number of cases this year have been reported from Colombo (6735), Gampaha (2938), Kalutara (1063), Batticaloa (1326), Jaffna (1287), Kurunegala (988), Kandy (875), Ratnapura (790),  Galle (608), Puttalam (553) and Trincomalee (515).

The EU said that last year in addition to the above mentioned districts large number of dengue patients had been reported from Hambantota, Matara, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Badulla, Kegalle, and Kalmunai.

Addressing a press briefing at the Information Department on Thursday (01) Director of the Dengue Control Unit (DCU) Dr. Hasitha Tissera said that the drop in the number of cases compared to last year was more than 10,000. Explaining the improvement, he said last year the number of cases reported from January to August alone had been 29,722 and deaths recorded had amount 81. Whereas this year the numbers recorded during the same period had dropped to 20,457 with 36 deaths.

Dr. Tissera observed that besides the large scale mosquito control programmes carried out by the Health Ministry in collaboration with armed forces in the Western Province, Kandy District and country wide during the course of nine months this year, the public too had been more cooperative than previously.       

The DCU Chief however warned that special attention would have to be paid to ten districts in the Central, Northern Eastern, North Western and Western provinces owing to the number of dengue patients and mosquito larvae detected there.

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