Dengue mossies to be swatted with law book



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by Dilanthi Jayamanne


Director General Health Services Dr Palitha Mahipala yesterday said the government would strengthen the legal framework to control the spread of dengue as soon as possible.


Addressing the media at the Epidaemiology Unit, Director General Health Services, Dr. Palitha Mahipala said the Health Ministry would submit a Cabinet paper seeking sanction for amending the Mosquito Control Act within the next few months. There was a pressing need for stern laws to enable the government to control dengue which had caused 83 deaths this year, he said.


Dr Mahipala said that in 2009 the number of reported dengue cases had been 45,000 and the death toll as high as 300. Although the number of deaths had come down tremendously inspection teams continued to identify a large number of breading places on construction sites, at schools and public places. Repeated calls for public vigilance and cooperation to eliminate dengue had been in vain, he lamented, urging the public to ensure the cleanliness of the environment.


The DG, who was holding his final press briefing before retirement, appealed to the public to refrain from self medication, especially in case of fever which could be a symptom of dengue. "Take only paracetamol and if the fever lasts more than two days visit the nearest government hospital," he said.


The National Convenor for Dengue Control, Dr Hasitha Tissera said that this year Colombo Gampaha, Balapitiya in the Galle District and Kalmunai had been identified as high risk areas. Colombo had recorded 15,896 dengue cases and 22 deaths, Gampaha 6,298 cases and 12 deaths and Galle and Kalmunai recorded 2,808 and 815 cases respectively. There had been five dengue deaths in Galle and one in Kalmunai, he said.


The total number of dengue cases this year was over 50,500. Last year the number of dengue cases was 29,777 and the number of deaths were 54.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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