Dengue Control Week starts Oct. 7 as rains set in

Island-wide activities will take place from October 7 to 13, including sweeping schools and public places and clearing bare lands and cemeteries for any sign of dengue breeding sites as a preparation for the coming rainy season.

The National Dengue Control Week spread over seven days provides for a thorough inspection island-wide, Health Ministry Media Secretary W.M.D. Wanninayake said. “We have identified high risk places such as tyre shops, tyre re-treading places, and motor spare part shops which will be inspected thoroughly on the first day - October 7),” he said.

He said dengue control activities will take place in religious institutions and pre-schools on October 8 and boarding houses and other places which provide accommodation to people will be inspected on October 9.

Public places will be inspected on October 10 and arrangements have been made to inspect schools and bare and abandoned lands on October 11 and 12 respectively. Concluding the week-long programme, Government and non-government institutions will be inspected on October 13.

This programme is being conducted nation wide twice every year during the two monsoon periods.
“In the coming few months, Sri Lanka will get the highest rainfall in the year, so we should prepare ourselves for the consequences,” Mr. Wanninayake said.

He said that the density of population is proportional to dengue being spread in an area. Therefore, areas such as Colombo, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kandy and Jaffna have a high risk of recording an increased number of dengue patients.

“We are, therefore, calling on the public to fully co-operate in the cause and we would get the support of the police, the armed forces, Civil Defence Committee members and public servants’ support to make the endeavour a success,” he added.

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