Accidents kill more than dengue - minister
Dengue has not reached epidemic levels or high proportions as claimed
by some sections of the media and society, Health Minister Maithripala
Sirisena said. “The Health Ministry is implementing a continuous
programme to combat dengue. As a result, there is a significant drop in
the spread of dengue,” he said.
The minister said the number of deaths reported due to accidents and
Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) is higher than deaths caused by dengue.
The minister said 74 persons had died due to dengue during the past six
“But at least five die daily due to road accidents and NCDs. Over
2,000 road accidents are reported annually and over Rs100,000 have to be
paid for a day’s treatment of a patient injured critically in a road
accident,” he said. There is a decline in the percentage of dengue
related deaths compared to those in the past few years as a result of
the dengue combat programme launched by the Health Ministry. The number
of dengue patients in hospitals is also low, the minister said. He said
dengue is not confined only to Sri Lanka. “It has become a serious
problem in all tropical and neighbouring countries. Everybody should
support the ministry’s programme to combat dengue,” he said.
The Health Ministry is conducting its dengue prevention campaign in
Sri Lanka successfully and provided special training for doctors and
nurses to treat dengue patients, the minister said. Sri Lanka has
controlled the spread of dengue due to the successful programme
implemented by the government. The statements like ‘Dengue has reached
an epidemic level’ and ‘Dengue has reached high proportions’ are myths
created by certain media, he said.