Schoolchildren account for majority of dengue cases

*CMC asks Edu. Ministry to close schools to clean up

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council (PHD CMC) yesterday said that more than 55 per cent of dengue patients in the city were children of school going age.

Chief of the Public Health Department Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam said that he had submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Education urging it to close the schools and carry out cleaning up campaigns in order prevent more children from being affected.

Dr. Kariyawasam said that inspections had been carried out in 132 schools in the city. Legal action had been instituted against 12 of them and 51 given final warning, he said.

The PHD Chief said that 1,234 dengue patients had been reported from the city between January and the end of May. Some 1,054 cases had been reported within the same period last year, he added.

However, there was a drop in the number of dengue cases reported last month (May) compared to those reported during the same month last year. He said that 261 patients had been recorded during May last year while the number reported during the same month this year was 214. That was a 16 percent decrease.

He said that there had been three dengue deaths in the city so far this year.

Dr. Kariyawasam said that the Council had also commenced inspecting government institutions. However the rain experienced during the day had hindered the progress of the programme.

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