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Several hospital Authorities around the island have been finding it difficult to effectively treat patients as they are experiencing severe overcrowding.

The main reason for the overcrowding is because of the number of individuals that have contracted dengue or flu.

Thursday, 07 July 2016 05:24

Dengue claims over 30 lives


Melanie Santiago

Thirty five persons have lost their lives due to Dengue during the past seven months.

The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry said that 20,954 suspected cases of Dengue were reported during that time.

Dr. Prashila Samaraweera, Consultant Physician of the National Dengue Control Unit stated that these cases of Dengue were reported from the Colombo, Kalutara, Kandy, Kegalle, Matale, Puttalam and Kurunegala Districts.

As flood waters recede, a risk of Dengue mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water has arisen. Eighteen thousand (18,000) cases of Dengue have been reported thus far this year, out of which more than five percent were reported from the district of Colombo.

Following the floods the Western, North Western and Northern provinces were named as regions prone to dengue.

Meanwhile, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says that the Dengue epidemic is widespread in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Kandy, Galle, Matara, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Jaffna and Batticaloa.

National Coordinator of the National Dengue Control Unit Dr. Hasitha Tissera said that there is a threat of an increase in Dengue cases with intermittent rains which will be experienced next month and in the coming days.

He added that even though Dengue could start out as a normal fever, early symptoms of Dengue are sudden high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain and the appearance of red spots on the skin.

Specialist Doctor Hasitha Tissera also spoke about immediate steps that should be taken in the event of early symptoms of Dengue.

”If fever persists for more than two days, a doctor who is suitable to examine such a condition or a doctor who is in the nearest hospital to the patients’ location should be consulted. Haemorrhaging takes place once the fever goes down. The haermorrhaging is experienced on the third, fourth and fifth day after contracting the disease. Therefore, special attention should be given to patients whose body temperatures go down gradually”, stressed Specialist Doctor Hasitha Tissera

Source: colombo-gampaha- among-twelve- districts- risk/138289

Thursday, 24 July 2014 06:31

Dengue update

During the last 7 months of the year 2014, 22876 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.

Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 57.58% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the twenty fifth week of 2014.

This situation warrants regular removal of possible mosquito breeding sites from the environment. It is also important to seek medical attention in the event of fever by day three of the illness.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:46



Tuesday, 28 January 2014 04:47

Dengue update

During the last 12 months of the year 2013, 31876 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.
Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 51.55% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the third week of January.

This situation warrants regular removal of possible mosquito breeding sites from the environment. It is also important to seek medical attention in the event of fever by day three of the illness.


The spread of dengue still remains at a dangerous level as 293 patients were reported from the 1st of this month up until today only from Colombo.
4 dengue related deaths have also been reported. Accordingly Chief Medical Officer of the Colombo Municipal council Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam stated that the public should be aware to combat the dengue menace. He also stated that a special programme will be held from the 8th of February to create awareness among the public to combat the dengue menace.


Tuesday, 28 January 2014 03:12

Dengue risk heightens in Colombo

Several areas in Colombo are faced with a risk of reaching epidemic levels. Dehiwala, Katubedda and Moratuwa MOH areas are undergoing an increase in the spread of Dengue, while Kohuwala, Kaduwela, Kolonnawa and Angoda MOH Areas are reported to reach epidemic levels in the near future.

The Ministry of Health will be implementing a special programme in schools located in major cities prone to dengue.

The Health Ministry advise to use only paracetamol as a form of medication and not to use other form of medication for fever without medical advise as such drugs can cause internal bleeding in dengue patients.

The public are also requested to maintain clean surroundings and to seek immediate medical assistance if fever persists for more than two days,

According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, compared to 2012, there has been a decline of 25 percent in the year 2013 in the number of Dengue patients being reported.




Ayurveda doctor Tharanga Kumari Wickramasuriya of Herumanagoda, Ambalangoda was felicitated for her invention of an Ayurveda drug to heal dengue fever. The ceremony was held under the patronage of Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva.

The drug invented following years of experiments by Dr. Tharanga has been approved and recommended by the Ayurveda Medical Board as a drug for dengue.

Thousands of dengue patients have been successfully healed by this Ayurveda treatment. Dr. Tharanga also invented a drug to raise the immunity of HIV affected patients by 100 percent which has also been recommended by the Ayurvedic Medical Board.

A past pupil of Aluthwala Maha Vidyalaya and Galle Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya, she graduated from the Sri Lanka Ayurveda Medical College. Her father is also a traditional snake-bite physician.

Provincial Councillors and Southern Province officials participated in the ceremony.


Tuesday, 05 November 2013 03:57

Access Eng. initiates Dengue awareness program

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Access Engineering took the initiative to identify and eradicate dengue breeding grounds in and around schools located in Colombo which come under the purview of the Colombo Municipal Council initially eight schools (Ladies College, Nalanda College, St. Joseph's College, St. Bridget's Convent, Royal College, Thurston College, Bishop's College, D.S Senanayake College) were chosen for the program. The initial awareness and inspection program was conducted in and around Ladies College in Colombo last week and will be continued with a follow-up session today (November 1).

The school premises was carefully examined and necessary action taken to stop potentialbreeding grounds and clear areas where threats may occur in the future. During this programmme, a total of 203 premises in the surrounding areas of Ladies College were inspected and 54 potential breeding sites and 20 current breeding sites were located while the Public Health Inspectors issued 74 notices to residents in these areas.

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Before the program kicked off, a briefing was held at the Colombo Municipal Council premises where Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam, Chief Medical Officer of the CMC, gave an informative introduction about the issues of dengue and the benefits to people by this program.

He thanked Access Engineering for this ground breaking program which will entice others in the corporate sector to follow.

Sri Lanka experienced the largest epidemic of dengue fever with as many as 70,000 cases and almost 600 deaths during the years 2009 and 2010. The Health Ministry of the government of Sri Lanka, undertook measures to contain the dengue epidemic by establishing the 'Presidential Task Force for Dengue Control' that ensured much needed collaboration and coordination.

However, the dengue epidemic is on the rise again and Access Engineering PLC together with the Colombo Municipal Council and Environmental Police recently implemented a program to counter the spread of this disease. Employees of Access Engineering, together with an Environmental Police officers headed by Chanaka Iddamalgoda Chief Inspector of Environmental Police and Mangala Dehideniya, HQI Kollupitiya,

Kandula Wickramasinghe, Chief PHI, CMC, Dr. Sri Parthapan MOH with Health Professionals and staff attached to the Ministry of Health visited many residents of the area to inspect their premises and gave important tips on how to prevent dengue breeding areas and good practices for a healthy atmosphere. Every location which was safe and matched the safe criteria, was given a 'My Home is Dengue Free' sticker of approval from the Health Ministry.

Today the same team would revisit these premises to monitor the progress and take appropriate action.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 03:42

National Dengue Prevention Week to commence


National Dengue Prevention Week is to commence today. The Ministry of Health says that the aim of this initiative is to eradicate Dengue and will be in effect till October 13.
The Dengue Eradication Week organised by the Presidential Task Force for the prevention of Dengue mosquitoes is to commence on  Monday. Incidentally this is the second eradication week to take place this year.
The Acting Director of the Dengue Eradication Unit of the Ministry of Health, Dr. U.S.B Ranasinghe said that this programme is carried out with the assistance from the Ministry of Education, Municipal and Provincial Councils, Environment, Health, Youth Affairs, Defence, State Administration and other ministries .Dr. U.S.B Ranasinghe added that the number of Dengue cases have increased within the past months as a result of the rainy season, Ministry of Health data shows that 85 percent of Dengue breeding sites are found in households.


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