COLOMBO, 29 December 2011 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka is making progress in the battle against mosquito-borne dengue fever, say health officials.
"Over the last two years we have gone all out to stop the spread of dengue," Pabha Palihawadana, head of the Health Ministry's Epidemiology Unit, told IRIN. "Now we are seeing some of the results."
By Zafran Packeerally – Red Cross Communications Officer in Sri Lanka
Ampara, Sri Lanka - The dengue epidemic still remains a major health hazard in many parts of the island. Consorted efforts are being made by the government health authorities, public and private organizations, and schools among others by extending their fullest support towards achieving the goals of National Dengue prevention program launched by the Ministry of Health.
By Amantha Perera
COLOMBO, Apr 6, 2011 (IPS) - Dengue infections and deaths here have declined significantly this year.
"We are seeing the results" of a new campaign against dengue now, Pabha Palihawadena, director of the health ministry's epidemiology unit, told IPS.
COLOMBO, 17 March 2011 (IRIN) - For the first time in two years, reports of dengue fatalities and infections in Sri Lanka are falling, which officials attribute to aggressive island-wide public awareness campaigns and measures to wipe out mosquito breeding grounds.
As of 10 March, there were 2,261 dengue infections and 24 deaths reported this year, according to the Health Ministry's epidemiology unit.
IOM last week supported a Ministry of Health training for over 100 nurses and paramedics in managing patients with mosquito-borne dengue fever at Vavuniya General Hospital.
The training, which followed an earlier workshop for health workers on outbreak preparedness, hospital surveillance, surge capacity and preventative interventions, was delivered by specialists in infectious diseases, paediatrics and vector control and follows a major, nationwide outbreak of the disease in Sri Lanka last year.
In Vavuniya district, where thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) have been …
h Between August 2009 and December 2010, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that more than 325,000 individuals, or 94 percent of conflict-affected internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka, have returned to their areas of origin in Northern Province.
h Torrential rains on November 10 and 11 caused heavy flooding in Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, and Matara districts in southwest Sri Lanka, displacing nearly 20,600 people and damaging or destroying more than 300 houses, according to OCHA.
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COLOMBO, 15 September 2010 (IRIN) - Health officials in Sri Lanka are reporting a significant drop in the number of reported dengue cases. "Numbers are going down throughout the island," Prishanthy Wijesinghe, a senior official with the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit, told IRIN. He warned, however, that it was too early to assume the risk was past.
According to the unit, 58 cases of the mosquito-borne disease occurred during the second week of September, down from nearly 600 cases a week earlier. There were no reported deaths.
MAELIYA, 16 August 2010 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka has launched a massive community prevention campaign targeting dengue fever using billboards, TV spots and even schoolchildren.
"I have made my parents clean up the garden," said Kasun Dilhan, a seven-year-old pupil at Maeliya Public School, in the northwestern Kurunegala District about 150km from the capital Colombo.
Lives saving drugs for the benefit of critical dengue patients imported from Thailand have been distributed to hospitals by the health ministry. The Ministry of Health has taken the necessary action to import from Thailand, a consignment of drugs that can increase the blood composition of Dengue patients.
The first stock of Dextron-40 drug was imported recently. The second stock was due to reach the island shortly. The World Health Organisation supported the import of Dextron-40 from Thailand.
The Minister of Health Mr. Maithripala Sirisena said that a Presidential Task Force has been established to combat the Dengue threat and an islandwide dengue control programme has ben launched on 2nd, 9th Mondays, and Saturdays 21st and 28th.
He said that these activities will be repeated at regular intervals to maintain the sustainability of the programme. Mr. Sirisena said that although it took 8 years to eradicate the Malaria epidemic, the dengue epidemic can be arrested in a short period.
By Necephor Mghendi and Lasse Norgaard, IFRC
The number of dengue cases is rising at an alarming rate in some countries across Asia as the rainy season intensifies. Health authorities have reported thousands of cases, including Sri Lanka with 22,000 patients seeking assistance and 29,000 in the Philippines, many in the province of Davao del Sur, which has declared a "state of emergency".
In Thailand figures have reached 40,000 - a five-year high - and Malaysia has reported 27,000 cases in the first seven months of the year.
There are concerns that numbers are likely to …
COLOMBO, 22 July 2010 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka has declared the third week of August National Dengue Prevention Week, as dengue cases spike during the months-long monsoon season.
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Health ministry has decided to strictly enforce the law to deal with persons liable for mosquito breeding places with the help of security forces as Colombo district is reported to be the worst hit by dengue threat with 2893 reported cases and 33 deaths.
The Health Ministry has warned that persons who maintain mosquito breeding grounds will be liable for a six month imprisonment.
The Defence Ministry has agreed to give support of all security sectors for the strict enforcement …
COLOMBO, 8 June 2010 (IRIN) - Health officials are stepping up their efforts to avert a dengue outbreak in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.
According to the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit, 1,806 dengue cases were reported in the city of more than half a million people in May, resulting in nine deaths, for a total 95 deaths this year.
In 2009, 4,813 cases were reported, with 42 deaths, in Colombo.
"We are taking this …
The Presidential Taskforce on Dengue will hold its inaugural meeting this evening (25 May) to discuss and put in place a comprehensive dengue control campaign.
This is the first time that a Presidential Taskforce is established to control dengue.
Sri Lanka's dengue control program was earlier limited to a few days or weeks.
This annual report focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in 2009 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies.
This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009
Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2009-2010 plan, the aim of the International Federation South Asia regional office is to increase the capacity of the South Asian national societies to provide services that improve the lives of vulnerable people.
During 2009, the key areas of support provided by the International Federation to national societies in South Asia were as follows:
- The regional disaster management programme during the first half of 2009 saw the finalizing of some of the …