In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Sri Lanka this year, since the beginning of 2023, the National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU) in Sri Lanka has reported 44,540 total dengue cases.
Around 50 per cent of cases have been reported from the Western province, the most populous area in Sri Lanka and nearly 25 per cent of Sri Lanka’s dengue patients are school children, a health official said.
In response to the escalating dengue crisis, President Ranil Wickremesinghe recently appointed a ministerial committee and an expert committee dedicated to dengue control. The expert committee promptly established nine provincial sub-committees, one of which is chaired by State Minister Dr. Seetha Arambepola.
The primary focus of the Western Province sub-committee’s meeting revolved around taking immediate measures to effectively control the dengue outbreak within a few days. State Minister Arambepola led discussions on the urgency of implementing necessary steps to combat the disease and minimize its transmission.
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