Steep decline in number of Dengue cases: Dr. Hasitha Tissera

Published : 9:02 am  September 21, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (70) reads | 

CITY-DM-6-7By Sandun A. Jayasekera   

The National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU) said though the number of Dengue cases had plummeted in 2018, at least 45 Dengue related deaths had been reported and 38,659 Dengue patients treated at national hospitals as of yesterday.  


NDCU Director Dr. Hasitha Tissera said this was quite an achievement in controlling Dengue when compared to 186,101 Dengue cases last year.   


“The number of Dengue cases has dwindled by 75% in the first 9 months of 2018 as opposed to the number of Dengue patients reported in the corresponding period last year. However, people must not be complacent because the Dengue threat is still present. People should continue to follow Dengue control measures,” Dr. Tissera said. He said the NDCU would launch a ‘Dengue Control Week’ from September 26 to October 2, in a bid to raise awareness on the necessity to carry out Dengue control methods.   


“The Dengue Control Week will be set in motion in 175 DMO divisions and covering all 25 districts with the assistance of the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Control, the armed forces, police, schools, the Civil Defence Force, community and civil organisations, religious leaders and the public of respective areas. People must make it a routine habit to check vulnerable places in the house like flowerpots, empty cans, yoghurt cups, coconut shells, discarded tyres, curd pots and so forth, for possible mosquito larvae and destroy each and every mosquito breeding ground,” he said.    


The Dengue Control Week was scheduled to be implemented in the MOH divisions identified as Dengue vulnerable areas in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Matale, Galle, Tangalle, Matara, Jaffna, Mannar, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Ratnapura and Kegalle.   


Dr. Tissera said people must be extra vigilant on possible mosquito breeding grounds with the onset of monsoonal rains, and assist to further control this malady. 

 

 

People must make it a routine habit to check vulnerable places in the house like flowerpots, empty cans, yoghurt cups, coconut shells, discarded tyres, curd pots and so forth, for possible mosquito larvae and destroy each and every mosquito breeding ground