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Health authorities issue dengue red alert

By Nirmala Kannangara

The Epidemiological Unit (EU) of the Colombo National Hospital  has advised the general public to get themselves tested for dengue immediately if they experience fever, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Pabha Palihawadena told The Sunday Leader.

Following the recent outbreak of dengue  five months ago, the number of deaths has increased to 85, which is a two fold increase compared to 2008 according to Dr. Palihawadena.

"The dengue menace is alarmingly on the increase with more than 6100  patients recorded in the country. Twelve districts have been recognised as high-risk areas while Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Kurunegala, Trincomalee, Hambantota and Matale have recorded the most number of patients. The situation has therefore to be monitored very carefully," Dr. Palihawadena added.

According to Dr. Palihawadena the increase in deaths was mainly due to the negligence of patients. He claimed that unless the general public keeps in mind that they have to exclude dengue at the first instance when they experience fever, the number of deaths could further increase.

" The Epidemiological Unit has advised people to get themselves tested for dengue the moment  they experience fever. Most people do not heed our advice and delay taking proper medicine.  Delaying to administer the proper medicine and  also neglecting to take the required rest when infected with dengue, would result in patients reaching the dengue shock stage, which could be considered the last stage," Dr. Palihawadena said. He meanwhile requested patients to go to the nearest government hospital if diagnosed with dengue and advised the public not to delay in taking the proper medicine from a qualified medical doctor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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