The Ministry of Health today (June 16th) launched a lightning dengue eradication program as the number of dengue patients rose to over 18,000 with 24 people reported dead.
According to the Ministry of Health, the army, police and health officials will be deployed from today to take action against dengue breeding grounds.
Measures will be taken to eliminate dengue mosquito breeding grounds and file legal action against the owners of property where dengue mosquito breeding grounds are found, the Director General of Health Services Doctor Palitha Mahipala stated.
Dr. Mahipala added that an increase in the spread of Dengue had been reported owing to the incessant rains. He informed the general public to resort to medical consultation if fever persists for more than two days.