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Sri Lanka races to rescue flood victims as toll rises

Helicopters are searching for people marooned four days after the worst floods and mudslides to hit Sri Lanka in 14 years overcame parts of the country`s southwest, killing at least 164 people. With more rain expected, rescuers were racing to evacuate villagers from the most vulnerable areas as emergency teams rushed to distribute aid to nearly half a million people driven from their homes by the island`s worst flooding in a decade. Some 104 people were still listed as missing, the country`s Disaster Management Centre said while another 88 remained in hospital

May 29, 2017
AlJazeera, Straits Times

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Unprecedented Dengue Outbreak Kills Nearly 300 in Sri Lanka

The worst-ever outbreak of dengue fever in Sri Lanka has killed nearly 300 people, with the number of cases rising rapidly. Sri Lanka`s Ministry of Health reports that the number of dengue infections has climbed above 103,000 since the start of 2017, with 296 deaths. The number of cases this year is already nearly double the number of dengue infections recorded in all of 2016

July 24, 2017
Voice of America
July 26, 2017
July 25, 2017
CNN, AlJazeera
July 28, 2017

Sri Lankan Ministry of Health reports dengue fever outbreak

The Epidemiology Unit of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health recently reported a total of 80,732 cases of dengue fever throughout the first six months of 2017, a figure that is 4.3 times higher than the average number of cases reported from 2010-2016 and includes 215 deaths

July 21, 2017
Homeland Preparedness News

Australia helps Sri Lanka to control dengue fever after 250 die

Australia announced programs to help control dengue fever in Sri Lanka, where the disease killed around 250 people in the first half of this year. A short-term program through the WHO will try to reduce the transmission of the dengue virus, aiming for a reduction of more than 50 percent over a period of four to six weeks. A longer-term programme will use Wolbachia bacteria, a microbe that prevents the dengue virus from replicating inside the mosquitoes that carry it, to halt its transmission to people

July 19, 2017
Reuters, ABC news
July 20, 2017
Sunday Times Sri Lanka, New Indian Express

Sri Lanka's Worst-Ever Dengue Outbreak Kills 225

Sri Lanka is suffering its worst-ever dengue outbreak, with the virus killing 225 people and infecting more than 76,000 this year. The number of infections nationwide is already 38% higher than last year, according to the Health Ministry. The highest number of cases is in the region around Colombo, though cases were being reported across the nation

July 4, 2017

Number of dengue patients exceed 69,380

The number of dengue patients in Sri Lanka has risen to 69,380. Two hundred deaths have been reported and the majority came from the Western Province of Sri Lanka. The health ministry said the percentage of schoolchildren getting dengue fever has increased by 20%

June 25, 2017
Hiru News
June 23, 2017
Outbreak News Today
June 22, 2017

Hospitals inundated with dengue patients

With leading hospitals in Colombo and the suburbs over crowded with dengue patients, the Health Ministry today decided to equip rural hospitals in Wetara, Piliyandala, Aniyakanda and Dankotuwa with additional staff, drugs and medical equipment to ease the congestion. The committee decided to use the yet unopened wing of the Ratnapura District Hospital to accommodate dengue patients. Authorities instructed officials to immediately supply these hospitals with medical specialists, nursing and minor health staff, drugs and medical equipment

June 20, 2017
Daily Mirror Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka warns of dengue epidemic

Sri Lankan health authorities warned that the country was facing a dengue epidemic with over 63,000 people affected by the virus and at least 200 patients dead. Health workers at the Ministry of Health`s Epidemiology Unit said there was a tremendous rise in the Type 2 virus and urgent preventive and curative measures were ongoing to prevent it from spreading further

June 20, 2017
The Statesman

Dengue becoming a major menace – 60 cases arrive at national hospital daily – 115 patients/1...

With the spread of dengue all main hospitals are recording large numbers of patients and it is being reported that sufficient beds, doctors and nurses are not available in some places. Over 200 dengue related deaths have been reported out of a recorded 63,897 patients, and the Colombo National Hospital said 50 to 60 patients arrive seeking treatment every day

June 18, 2017
Hiru News, Colombo Page, Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Diarrhoea, dengue starting to spiral out of control in Lanka: UN

UN agencies have warned that diarrhoea and dengue are starting to "spiral out of control" in Sri Lanka after the worst flood in over a decade hit the country, killing 224 people, with heavy flooding, landslides and flash floods caused by Tropical Cyclone Mora in Myanmar and Bangladesh, the torrential monsoon rains have affected some 684,000 people in south and central Sri Lanka

June 8, 2017
Outlook India, Free Press Journal

Sri Lanka dengue: ‘Patients are flocking into hospitals’

The Sunday Times reports that patients are flocking into hospitals and the need now is to declare a health emergency with regard to dengue. The latest data from the health ministry puts the dengue case count at 56,887, more than what was recorded during the whole of 2016, and approximately 30 dengue related deaths per 10,000 cases

June 4, 2017
Outbreak News Today, Sunday Times SL

Sri Lanka Health Ministry rejects claims of dengue medicine shortage

Acting Sri Lanka Health Ministry Services DG, Dr Sarath Amunugama has denied reports that there is a shortage of medicine for dengue patients. Rejecting the claims of the Government Medical Officers Association he said the dextran medicine needed for dengue patients has been distributed to hospitals in sufficient quantities

June 3, 2017
June 2, 2017
Asia Cruiser News

Sri Lanka's flood survivors threatened by dengue, disease: aid workers

Thousands of survivors of devastating floods and landslides in Sri Lanka are at risk of potentially fatal diseases such as dengue fever, charities warned as the death toll from the disaster continued to rise. "The threat of water-borne diseases is a big concern with over 100,000 people displaced from their homes, many of whom are staying in damp, crowded conditions," Chris McIvor, head of Save the Children Sri Lanka, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "I`m particularly worried we could start seeing even more dengue cases because of the floods, as stagnant water provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. It`s the last thing needed by communities that have already lost so much"

May 29, 2017

Sri Lanka's deadly floods could worsen dengue crisis: NGO

Save the Children said that the devastating floods in Sri Lanka could exacerbate the dengue crisis there, the NGO said its teams were assessing the humanitarian needs and were ready to respond, including by distributing hygiene items to prevent the spread of disease, supporting damaged schools to allow them re-open, distributing safe drinking water and providing psychosocial support to children

May 28, 2017

Dengue soaring: Two major campaigns from Thursday

The dengue death toll in Sri Lanka rose to 130 this week with more than 50,000 cases reported islandwide so far this year, according to the National Dengue Control Unit, most cases come from 12 districts: Colombo, Gampaha, Galle, Matara, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Jaffna, Batticaloa and Trincomale

May 28, 2017
Sunday Times Sri Lanka
May 24, 2017
Outbreak News Today

SL on the verge of declaring a ‘state of emergency’ over Dengue as GMOA strikes again

Sri Lanka is ‘on the verge of declaring a state of emergency’ over the current dengue outbreak, reports News First. Meanwhile, the Government Medical Officers’ Association said it is planning another 24 hour token strike on Monday

May 22, 2017
News 1st

Brace for dengue surge

The dengue epidemic has reached alarming levels this year with more than 45,000 dengue patients reported in the first 5 months of the year. According to health experts, some 117 people have died of dengue and 46,669 cases have been reported, with many government institutions guilty of failing to destroy mosquito breeding places. In 2016 the total number of dengue cases reported was 55,150 and 88 people died. The numbers in the first six months of 2017 look set to surpass the numbers for the whole of 2016

May 21, 2017
Ceylon Today, Sunday Times Sri Lanka, Sunday Observer

Rising Dengue in Western Province – cause for alarm (Video)

The number of dengue patients in Sri Lankan hospitals continues to rise with over 90 people dying over the last five months and the number of suspected cases rising to more than 40,000

May 8, 2017
News First

2,484 dengue patients in Trinco

A total of 2,484 dengue patients have been recorded in the Trincomalee District during this year, with the death count increasing to 15 people, according to local health officials

March 27, 2017
Ceylon Today
March 23, 2017
ITN Sri Lanka

Non communicable diseases

Sri Lanka's cabinet on Wednesday approved to increase physical activities among school children ...

Sri Lanka`s cabinet on Wednesday approved to increase physical activities among school children and to provide opportunities to consume more healthy meals to prevent obesity, co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Gayantha Karunathilleke told journalists here in a weekly media briefing that around 59 percent of deaths in Sri Lanka were caused by non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancers and majority of deceased were under the age of 60. As less physical activities are a main cause for these diseases, the proposal made by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne to implement a program under the recommendations of the Ministry of Education for increasing physical activities among school children and to provide opportunities for school children to consume more healthy meals, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, Karunathilleke said

June 7, 2017
Xinhua, Colombo Gazette