Malaria control campaign to distribute 500,000 mosquito nets
The Health Ministry has provided mosquito nets to residents in the
Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts where Chikungunya, Malaria and
Dengue are prevalent.
Health sector sources state that the mosquito population is on the
increase due to global warming and monsoon rains. A number of people
affected by Chikungunya and Malaria have been reported from these areas.
Over 15,463 dengue patients were reported in 2004 with 88 deaths
reported while 28 deaths were reported in 2005.
In 2006, 11,979 patients were reported with 47 deaths while 4,314
patients and 29 deaths were reported last year.
More than1,900 dengue patients were reported in the first two months
During the first step of the mosquito net distributing project,
20,000 specially medicated mosquito nets would be distributed among
families in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.
The Malaria control campaign has taken action to provide 500,000
mosquito nets to the value of Rs. 50 million for families islandwide.