An entire month to fight dengue

The government has decided to declare an entire month to fight the spread of dengue in the country, the Health Ministry said.

The dengue eradication month will come into effect from June 25th to July 25th, the Health Ministry said.

The decision was taken when Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena convened an urgent meeting today with a Presidential Task Force to combat dengue.

At that meeting it was decided to declare an entire month to combat dengue as compared to a week announced in the past.

Over 80 people have died and 14,000 affected by dengue so far this year and the number is expected to rise once the monsoon season fully sets in.