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Some 3500 dengue patients have been found during the past three months of this year throughout the country of which 11 patients had died, Coordinator of the Dengue Eradication Unit of the Health Ministry, Dr. Hasitha Thisera said.

He warned that the people have to be vigilant as the disease had spread rapidly in 8 districts namely Colombo,Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Kandy, Ratnapura Jaffna and Trincomalee.

He observed that mosquitoes were being bred in small water containers in which people in the drought hit Hambantota, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Mannar and Puttalam store water for long periods. Dr. Thisera requested the people to store water in closed tanks to prevent this situation.

He further warned that mosquito breeding might increase with the intermittent rain experienced in several parts of the country. (Ranjan Kasturi)

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  • cyril Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:54 AM

    Government , life time fogging cannot control density of mosquito.For fogging , mosquito are not either side of roads. People participation must take. Keeping clean environment is not one and only method. Every home yards must have safe mosquito breeding places. I developed a very simple ,safe user friendly ,mosquito ovi trap. Every one can hangs a few ovi traps around own home. According my experiment no one keep eyes on unsafe toilet pits. Another experiment shows, mosquito can go through a plastic tube 1.2 m long and 1" for breeding. There must set up a forum for mosquito problem.

    Shelly. Sunday, 22 January 2017 07:35 PM

    Either should shake the PHI lot. They are not on the job. anyway advisable to estabish a task force Grama Niladaari as head at every Grama Niladaari devision giving a period to shaw results. . via DM Android App

    Siribaddana Sisira Sunday, 22 January 2017 06:57 AM

    collection of garbage in colombo and suburbs have deteriorated

    Casanova Sunday, 22 January 2017 09:05 AM

    Impose heavy fines on perpetrators.

    Madiya Sunday, 22 January 2017 12:19 PM

    Agree. This is the same in Nugegoda and results in neighbours dumping garbages on the roadside. Need to be stopped. The government has to be more proactive. Clean the roads and drains NOW!


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