Published On: Fri, May 12th, 2017

9,278 dengue cases in Colombo

More than 100 employees of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital have been tested Dengue positive, the All Ceylon Nurses’ Union (ACNU) said.

ACNU President Gamini Kumarasinghe told Ceylon Today that this strain was spreading extremely fast because of dengue breeding places being allowed to proliferate too long.

“There is a rapid increase in dengue patients reported in Kurunegala. The hospital has run out of space to accommodate dengue patients. So many hospital personnel being also identified as dengue positive indicates that there are dengue breeding sites around the hospital because action has not been taken to eradicate such breeding places,” he added.

The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry says 1,876 dengue patients have been confirmed in the Kurunegala District so far.

There has been a rapid rise in dengue in recent months and according to the Epidemiology Unit, 42,141 dengue patients were reported islandwide in the past four months, with 9,278 from the Colombo District alone. Approximately 40.76% of dengue cases were reported from the Western Province. The highest number of dengue cases was reported during the 12th week of 2017.

GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Harith Aluthge told Ceylon Today that stakeholder meetings regarding the prevention of dengue should be led by the Health Ministry, not by the Presidential Task Force and the suggestion put forward by the GMOA was accepted by the Director General of Health Services Dr. Jayasundara Bandara.

He further added, it is important to take immediate action to control dengue as it could spread more during the upcoming monsoon season.

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