Hemas Hospitals launches ‘Dengue Epa’ campaign on World Anti-Dengue Day

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With dengue hotspots in Sri Lanka experiencing a fourfold increase in infection, Hemas Hospitals multi-chain calls for personal action by citizens to be fully aware of and protect their families and neighbourhoods against the spread of dengue. 
The hospital launched a digital campaign and Facebook site titled ‘Dengue Epa’, on the World Anti-Dengue Day, which was June 15, focusing entirely on awareness generation and education in all 
three languages.
‘Dengue Epa’ Facebook posts will help teach public signs for early identification and detection of typical symptoms and of keeping surrounding areas and neighbourhoods clean and risk free of mosquito breeding, all as critical responsibility areas that all Sri Lankans should take notice of. 
Health Ministry National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU) Consultant Community Physician Dr. Suneth Kumarapperuma participated in the simple launch event along with the leadership and senior members of staff of Hemas Hospitals.  
Sri Lanka is currently facing a surge of the dengue epidemic with the number of reported cases so far since the beginning of 2017 at 62,000 plus – thrice more than it was last year at the same time and the highest number recorded in Sri Lanka.
Prompt treatment and action at hospitals have helped contain the fatality count; however the spread of the dengue menace has not been controlled effectively. 
Hemas Hospitals Managing Director Dr. Lakith Peiris said that the hospital will take the dengue problem head-on. He emphasized that being proactive is key to mitigating fatalities and noted that dengue in Sri Lanka is out of control - evident by the statistics. 
“As responsible citizens and socially responsible organisations, we need to ask ourselves whether we contribute enough to help eradicate dengue. Everyone needs to be alert and work with the authorities to contain the problem,” he stressed. 
“We, at Hemas Hospitals, as a responsible healthcare institution, feel the need to play that role,” 
he added.
Dr. Peiris said that the launch of ‘Dengue Epa’ campaign today will have the potential to reach 5.4 million Facebook users in this country. I’m certain that this campaign will be very impactful to change the mindset of our people, to change their behaviour and to take personal responsibility to fight this battle and also to pressurize the regulators, policymakers and administrators of Sri Lanka to be more cautious and mindful of this deadly disease.  
The situation is precarious with the number of cases in the last few weeks alone having gone up and the mosquito density also being high. The NDCU of the Health Ministry predicts that the numbers will increase now with the onset of the South-West monsoons. While measures have been taken to urgently test and treat patients in a timely manner, lack of awareness in early detection, wrong self treatments and lack of attention to neighbourhood cleanliness have become matters of serious concern and increase risks of getting the disease.
The hospital multi-chain has geared itself to managing the growing numbers of patients.  From antigen testing to closely monitoring clinical signs and preparedness in case of an escalation to dengue hemorrhagic condition, their team of qualified and experienced medical professionals is on hand and fully alert to promptly diagnose and 
start treatment.
Digital agency, Seven Media Group will partner Hemas Hospitals and host the Facebook page free of charge, as their contribution towards this effort. 
Portraying a grim picture, the hospital notes that with the number of cases in the last few weeks alone having gone up, lack of awareness in early detection, wrong self treatments and lack of attention to neighbourhood cleanliness have become matters of serious concern and increase risks of getting 
the disease. 

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