Dengue deaths rise, Task Force to meet
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena called for an urgent meeting
with the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Prevention on Monday to
discuss immediate measures to control the dengue epidemic which is
raising its head, once again throughout the country.
He said the National Committee of the Task Force comprising
representatives of 12 ministries, Provincial Councils and Local
Government institutions will take part in this urgent meeting.
The minister said special attention will be drawn to the immediate
future steps, gaps and loopholes of the past dengue prevention
programmes and how to improve the public contribution for dengue
campaigns during this meeting. He said the number of suspected dengue
cases islandwide had surpassed 14,000 this year. Seventy four deaths
have been reported due to the dengue epidemic.
Over 50 percent of the dengue cases had been reported from the
Western Province.Meanwhile, Lady Ridgeway Hospital Director Dr Ratnasiri
Hewage said the number of hospital admissions from dengue fever has gone
up this year. He said six wards of the hospital had been allocated for
children treated for dengue.
He said 1,615 patients and nine deaths had been reported from the
hospital since the beginning of this year. He advised parents to seek
medial advice without delay if their child has continuous fever.