Health authorities have told President Rajapaksa that the highest number of dengue patients from the entire country had been reported from Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia and Kolonnawa Municipal Authority areas ruled by the UNP. They further told the President that this pathetic situation had arisen as direct links had not been maintained with the Health Sectors of the Central Government. These details were revealed at the progress review meeting of the Health Ministry held at Temple Tree. It was chaired by President Rajapaksa. Submissions were made on theprogress achieved in the programmes mooted by the Health Ministry during the past one and a half year period for the provision of a better health service based on the Mahinda Chinthana.
Attention was drawn to improving the Triposha programme for expectant mothers and small children as well as methods of uplifting the nutritional levels of the people throughout the country. Discussions also centred on improving infrastructure and expediting the supply of drugs and medical equipment to Hospitals.
Another topic which was discussed was the possibility improving the standards of services of doctors and nurses. It has been possible to bring down the number of cases which stood at 22,500 in 2009 to 11,000 this year. It was disclosed that the death toll as a result of the disease in 2009 which was 184 had been brought down to 82 this year. Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake handed over a report to the President in which shortcomings at hospitals had been mentioned and proposals to minimize it. Minister Maithripala Sirisena and Health Ministry officials were present at this meeting.