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. WHO is supporting the Government to strengthen the public health response and intensify vector control activities in affected areas to address the dengue outbreak.
Since 25 May 2017, heavy rainfall due to the southwest monsoon resulted in severe flooding and landslides affecting 15 out of 25 districts in Sri Lanka. As of 31 May, the government has declared a total of 604,713 people have been affected by the adverse weather conditions. The World Health Organization Country Office for Sri Lanka is working closely with the Government to provide critical healthcare services and support the country’s early recovery and response efforts.
A Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to evaluate Sri Lanka’s International Health Regulations (IHR) core capacities to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats is taking place from 19 – 23 June 2017. Sri Lanka is the fourth country in the WHO South-East Asia Region to take part in the JEE, which will help strengthen the country’s health emergency preparedness.
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