Monday, 02 June 2014 - 19:57
Special Units set up at five hospitals in Colombo to test dengue.
Due to the increase of Dengue patients in Colombo District, special units have been established in several hospitals today for testing dengue patients.
They were established under the instructions of Health Services Director General Doctor Palitha Maheepala.
These units have been established in affiliation to the OPD of Colombo National Hospital, Kalubowila Teaching Hospital, Sri Jayawardenapura General Hospital, Homagama Base Hospital and Angoda IDH.
According to the Health Ministry, the units have been facilitated to provide blood reports within 30 minutes.
Within the course of the year nearly 11,000 Dengue patients have been reported in the island, while the majority have been reported from the Western Province.
According to the Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit, the number of Dengue patients reported from Colombo District amount to 4,000, while 2000 patients from Gampaha District and 800 patients from Kalutara district have also been reported.
Meanwhile, UNP requested the government to declare an emergency state in order to eliminate the Dengue threat.
Speaking during a media briefing held today in Colombo, UNP MP Gayantha Karunathilake stated that the government does not have a proper program to prevent the increasing threat of dengue.