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New drug to prevent the Dengue Shock Syndrome

Jul 11, 2010 12:36:58 PM - itnnews.lk

Measures are being taken to introduce a new drug to prevent Dengue patients from developing the Dengue Shock Syndrome.

The Health Minister has said that the WHO has assisted in introducing the new drug in the Government hospitals.

The Dengue patients face the risk of developing the complication known as Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever also known as the Shock Syndrome. The blood loss can be prevented through administering this drug. A similar drug is currently being used in Government hospitals. The WHO has taken measures to introduce the second drug in Government hospitals after holding discussions with Health Ministry officials.

Meanwhile a massive promotion programme has been launched under the patronage of the ITN to overcome the Dengue menace. The Dengue eradication programme was launched at Koswatta in Battaramulla this morning under the patronage of the Kaduwela Pradeshiya Sabha, the Talangama Police and Kaduwela Divisional Health Services office. The ITN is also assisting the programme. Minister Susil Premajayanth, Chairman of the Kaduwela Pradeshiya Sabha G.H. Buddhadasa and ITN Chairman Rosmon Senaratna were amongst the dignitaries who were present. People are being informed by making house to house visits and distributing handbills. A show was staged this evening at the Koswatta junction to raise awareness in the public, with the participation of a number of artistes.