12 dengue high risk districts identified - Number of patients also increases to 44,000

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 - 8:47

President Maithripala Sirisena says that in the future only a political campaign that provides social justice to all ethnic factions will be able to form a government.

The President made the statement whilst participating at the inauguration of the newly constructed  three-storey building of the Muslim Vidyalaya in Kanduruwela in Polonnaruwa yesterday.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena has summoned the presidential task force appointed to combat dengue to convene today at the Presidential Secretariat , to discuss means and ways to combat and control the rapidly spreading mosquito-borne disease.

According to the Epidemiology Unit of the ministry of Health 44 thousand 623 cases have been reported to the unit while 115 people have died of the disease this year.

This is an alarming increase in cases when comparing statistics from previous years.

Twelve districts including Colombo, Gampaha, Kaluthara, Kandy, Jaffna, Kurunagala, Puthlam Trincomolee, Baticalo, Rathnapuura, Kegalle and Mathara have been identified as high risk zones according to the data on the number of patients and mosquito larvae density.



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