Dengue kills 14 in Trincomalee District, 2088 cases reported, counter measures taken

Published: 05:10 GMT, Mar 20, 2017 |

A total of 2088 dengue patients have been reported throughout the Trincomalee District with 14 deaths, Health officials said.

379 cases were reported from Trincomalee, 266 from Uppuweli, 418 from Muttur, 911 from Kinniya, 109 from Kurugnankeni and five from Kuchchaveli, they said.

Eastern Province Health Minister A. L. M. Nazeer said he had deployed a team of 23 doctors, including four specialists, to Kinniya, which is the most affected area, while the Prime Minister has allocated Rs 5 million to combat the disease. A number of anti dengue operations are also being carried out in Trincomalee with the aid of the tri-forces, Nazeer added.

A special dengue prevention program will be launched in Trincomalee today (March 20) with the participation of the tri forces.

The government decided to launch the program after a large number of dengue cases were reported in the Trincomalee district during the past few days.

When inquired by NewsRadio, Deputy Minister of Health Cassim Faizal said around 200 tri-force members have been deployed for the operation.