Two day Dengue control programme

A two day (November 9 and 10) dengue control programme has been organised by the National Dengue Control Unit aiming at controlling dengue which can increase due to the on going rains, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

A total of 166,502 dengue patients and nearly 400 dengue deaths had been reported this year up to November 6 (last Monday). Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Jaffna, Kandy, Batocaloa, Kalmunai and Matale districts had been identified as high risk areas.

The islandwide dengue control programme will be implemented under the direction of the Presidential Task Force. All state and private properties will be inspected for possible dengue mosquito breeding sites. Special attention will be paid to schools, construction sites and religious institutions.

The Health Ministry requests the public to clean all possible mosquito breeding sites located inside private and state properties and to cooperate with the inspectors visiting properties.

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