(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka Ministry of Health jointly with the Ministry of Education, has declared the week from today to April 9 as a National Dengue Prevention Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication.
The Dengue Prevention Week aims to prevent breeding of mosquitoes which increases with the arrival of South West monsoon rains.
The Presidential Task Force together with the Ministries of Education and Health launch the National Dengue Control Week across the country, especially in schools before the new term begins after the holidays.
All Provincial and Zonal Directors of Education have been given instructions to implement the Dengue Prevention Week at schools.
The education officials are instructed to implement the mosquito eradication programs in schools while educating the school community and to implement programs in schools and offices that are not continuously following the dengue eradication programs. The have been instructed to ensure the school premises are clean before the schools resume after vacation.
Since the 1st January of this year, 14,000 suspected dengue cases have been reported from all over the island to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry