Treatment services have been expanded as April is considered a high risk month for dengue. The Health Ministry has taken action to establish dengue patient care centres in Government Hospitals.
Special attention has been drawn to containing the disease as the highest number of cases was being reported in April every year. Light rains experienced during the night and the extensive heat during day time are considered as salutary conditions for the breeding of the dengue mosquito. Accordingly, the Health Ministry said that dengue patient care centres will be set up in every Teaching and Base Hospital in the island. It is planned to launch 37 such centres. Each Centre will get five intensive care beds. 50 million rupees will be expended on each unit. The Ministry has called on the public to direct attention to prevent the spread of the dengue mosquito and control the disease. It emphasized that failure to control breeding would result in positive dengue cases and deaths could being reported throughout the year.