The Ministry of Health allocates Rs 50 mn from the 2005 national health budget to launch an island wide battle against dengue from January. The Ministry of Health allocates Rs 50 mn from the 2005 national health budget to launch an island wide battle against dengue from January. “For the first time we have allocated Rs 50 mn for dengue,” Minister of Health, Nimal Siripala de Silva, told Lanka Business Online.
Last week the Epidemiological Unit of the Department of Health announced that dengue was on the rise again in certain parts of the island with the return of the monsoon rains.
“Now again there is increased dengue cases from areas like Trincomalee, Puttalam, Marawila and Dankotuwa,” said the Director, Epidemiological Department, Dr. N. Abeysinghe.
The return of dengue is double the trouble for Sri Lanka’s health authorities already strapped for cash.
So far Sri Lanka recorded 76 deaths due to dengue from all parts of the island and over 14,200 cases of dengue.
“June, July was the peak period for dengue. Then it started going down. In august only five cases were reported. But now again its back,” says Abey