WHO committed to helping Sri Lanka control dengue outbreak
Sri Lanka has suffered a record number of dengue cases this year, with the current dengue outbreak resulting in 250 deaths. As many as 82,543 dengue cases have been reported since January this year, with a significant number of cases reported from the Western Province.
The number of dengue cases peaked in June 2017, coinciding with the South-West monsoon rains which commenced in late May. There is an increased risk of the situation worsening as flood waters continue to recede.
WHO is providing technical assistance to the Government to control the dengue outbreak. On the request of the Minister of Health, WHO has supported the MOH to develop a plan to address the dengue outbreak, bring down the caseload and reduce the case fatality.