Dengue mosquito breeding grounds were detected in about 75 percent of the houses which were checked within the Dehiwala Health Medical Officer’s Division. The Health Authorities has urged the public to exercise caution.
A special dengue crackdown operation was launched today within the Dehiwala Health Medical Officer’s Division including the Dehiwala urban area. It will continue until the 10th of this month. Accordingly houses, state institutions, schools and private institutions were examined. The Health Ministry said that dengue mosquito breeding grounds were detected in about 75 percent of these locations. A group of more than 350 persons including Public Health Inspectors joined in this operation. It was reported that discarded pieces of tiles, industrial waste and empty barrels had been the grounds for the breeding of the mosquito. The intermittent rain experienced at present is conducive for the breeding of the dengue mosquitoes. The highest number of dengue cases within the Colombo District has been reported from Dehiwala. About 100 such cases are reported daily. The number of deaths so far caused as a result of this deadly disease this year is 62.
Special programmes are planned during the Dengue Prevention Week which commences on the 20th of this month. Health Authorities point out that that programmes to crackdown on dengue could be mooted in a manner in which it would receive the support of the people.