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Feb 03 (LBO) – Large numbers of refugees in Sri Lanka are at increased risk of insect borne diseases and failing health, with officials looking for new and novel ways to fight off infection. The number of Sri Lanka™s internally displaced people (IDP) has gone up by 2.8 percent between April 2006 and the end of January this year, to just over 206,000 people, United Nations reports show.

Batticaloa in the East of the island has the highest concentration of refugees at 72,986 people, increasing 21.6 percent over the same period, as fighting between the government and Tamil rebels escalated last year.

Displaced people contract diseases due to less access to health services, increased exposure and interrupted routine prevention and control methods, Dr Punsiri Fernando Health Consultant for Relieving Pharma said.

Malaria, Dengue, Filariasis, Chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis and Leishmaniasis are the key vector-borne (contracted from insects) diseases.

Relieving Pharma, a subsidiary of the Daya Group, has just rolled out nets treated with chemicals to keep out insects that could be used to assist refugees.

The Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs), manufactured