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Need for individual effort to control dengue cases

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, January 27, 2014

THE onus is on the individuals to ensure that their surroundings are clean and free from mosquito breeding sites.

This is the call from the Health Ministry as it continues to control the dengue cases around the country.

Ministry spokeswoman Evlyn Mani said the best method of controlling dengue was through source reduction or eliminating the breeding sites of mosquitoes.

"Dengue mosquitoes breed in man-made containers and the onus is on the individuals to ensure that their surroundings are clean and free from mosquito breeding sites," Ms Mani said.

According to the statistics released by the ministry, a total of 1235 dengue positive cases have been recorded from October 30, last year to January 21 this year.

Ms Mani said 1051 cases had been reported in the Central Division while 139 in the West and 45 positive cases in the North.

She said an anti dengue clean-up campaign was launched in the Central Division for source reduction purposes in an attempt to arrest the dengue mosquito breeding places.

Apart from this awareness, work in combating dengue has been continuing.

She also reminded the public to remove any artificial container that collects stagnant water as this was a prime breeding area for mosquitoes.

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