‘It’s unfortunate people saved from war have to die of dengue’ ‘It’s unfortunate people saved from war have to die of dengue’
Jul 10, 2017

All should unite to curb dengue – Mahinda Featured

At a time when dengue fever has reached epidemic proportions, citizens of all walks of life should come to the forefront irrespective of political differences to curb it, says ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He has told ‘Divaina’ that he had been able to save the people from the war, but that it was unfortunate that they now had to die of dengue.

Rajapaksa said the dengue epidemic, just like every problem in the country, could be blamed on him anytime.

A 3-fold increase in dengue mosquito population

Meanwhile, health authorities warn that that dengue situation could worsen as scattered rains would cause a three-fold increase in the dengue mosquito population.

Therefore, all should take it up as a personal responsibility to curb dengue, they say.

Hospitals in Colombo, Kalubowila, Negombo and Sri Jayewardenepura are filled with dengue patients.

More than 80,000 patients and 240 deaths have been reported so far this year from across the country, said Dr. Susila Samaraweera of the National Dengue Prevention Unit.

Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Matara, Kandy, Kegalle and Puttalam are the worst hit districts.