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23 Jul 2017 description

More than 1190 Army personnel covering Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Kandy, Matale, Kegalle, Ratnapura and Galle Districts joined hands with the island-wide mega 'Apima Arambamu - Dengue Duralamu' (Let us begin ourselves to eradicate Dengue) project, launched this morning (21) in most vulnerable locations in above Districts.

23 Jul 2017 description

During the last 07 month of the year 2017, 102809 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 43.65% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 27 week of 2017.

22 Jul 2017 description

Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has taken steps to implement a joint mosquito prevention program in fisheries harbor premises in parallel to the national Dengue prevention program.

Accordingly, the program, organized by the Ceylon Fisheries Harbours Corporation was commenced at 20 fisheries harbors today on the instructions of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

An awareness program for fishermen and their families on keeping the fisheries harbours free from mosquitoes was also held.

22 Jul 2017 description

During the last 07 month of the year 2017, 101698 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 43.80% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 27 week of 2017.

21 Jul 2017 description

by Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka Red Cross Society

Saumya Sanesha reads a headline in one of the local newspapers which says, “Worst dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka; 298 deaths.” As she heads out the door, she thinks about the importance her day’s assignment and all the people in her community whose lives are at risk.

21 Jul 2017 description

Sri Lanka Army released 189 acres of land situated in the Security Force Headquarters - Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) Army Cantonment premises on Wednesday (19th July), states Army media sources.

With the release of this land, families who were living elsewhere will be able to return to their original places of residence in Keppapilavu. The land was handed over to the Maritimepattu Divisional Secretary in the presence the Mullaitivu District Secretary by Brigadier General Staff, SFHQ-MLT during the ceremony.

21 Jul 2017 description

During the last 07 month of the year 2017, 98390 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 42.26% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 27 week of 2017.

21 Jul 2017 description

20/07/2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society & the Singapore Red Cross entered into a memorandum of understanding to provide relief and care for the people affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.

20 Jul 2017 description

SG/SM/18619

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General commends the Government of Sri Lanka for establishing the Office of Missing Persons, a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for the truth about their missing loved ones.

The United Nations stands ready to support this process and the Secretary-General looks forward to the Office of Missing Persons becoming operational as soon as possible, starting with the appointment of independent commissioners.

20 Jul 2017 description

FCO launches its Annual Human Rights report for 2016

Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy puts human rights centre stage of foreign policy.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK Government priority.

20 Jul 2017 description

During the last 07 month of the year 2017, 97125 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 42.26% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 27 week of 2017.

This situation warrants regular removal of possible mosquito breeding sites from the environment. It is also important to seek medical attention in the event of fever by day three of the illness. Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:20

20 Jul 2017 description

Today I joined Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Karunanayake to announce the Australian Government will provide life-saving support through the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat a severe dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka.

Dengue is an insidious virus that emerges quickly when the conditions are right and in its severe form, it can be fatal. According to WHO, 50 to 100 million infections occur each year in over 100 countries – putting almost half the world's population at risk.

20 Jul 2017 description

Cabinet of Ministers this week approved a joint proposal made by Minister Faizer Musthafa and Minister Sagala Rathnayake to implement several immediate steps for the prevention of irregular waste disposal in Colombo and suburbs and Dengue prevention.

These steps were decided at the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeinghe.

19 Jul 2017 description

Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando held a special meeting with the Operation Committee on Dengue Prevention today (19th July) at the Presidential Secretariat.

Heads of the Institutions of health sector joined this meeting.

As the 30 percent of dengue patients are school children, the Committee suggested handing over the responsibility of making the school premises free from dengue mosquitoes to the Principals of the schools. Accordingly, all Principals of the island will be educated on this regard through the Secretary to the Education Ministry.

19 Jul 2017 description

From 1 January to 7 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH) Sri Lanka reported 80 732 dengue fever cases, including 215 deaths. This is a 4.3 fold higher than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016, and the monthly number of cases exceeds the mean plus three standard deviations for each of the past six months. Based on sentinel site surveillance for the past seven years the expected peak months of May to July coincides with the south-western monsoon which commences in late April.

19 Jul 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Economic and Social Impact of Disasters and Climate Risks in South Asia