(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Dr. Nimalka Pannilahetti Community Medical Specialist of the National Dengue Control Unit said about 1,500 dengue cases are reported every week.
Speaking at a special media conference held yesterday (25) at the Government Information Department regarding the risk of the spread of Covid-19 and Dengue, Dr. Pannilahetti said such a high number of infected people reported in a week creates some obstacles for patient treatment management.
She also stated that such a number of infected people reported in a week creates some obstacles for patient treatment management.
She said that if about 500 dengue cases are reported in a week, patient treatment can be successfully managed, but there were occasions where 3,200 cases were reported in some weeks.
Dr. Pannilahetti said since the beginning of this year, there has been an increase in the number of dengue patients reported every month and 52,500 dengue cases were reported in the first eight months of this year, while last year only 36,000 cases were reported throughout the year.
She stated that according to dengue larva surveys, there is a high trend of dengue mosquito breeding in institutional premises which is 12 percent.
Therefore, a three-day special dengue control program will be conducted from September 1 to 3 covering the 60 high-risk Medical Officer of Health (MOH) divisions, Community Medical Specialist Dr. Nimalka Pannilahetti said.