19 January, 2020

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Five Districts In Sri Lanka Suffer Badly From Dengue

As dengue comes back with a force, Jaffna, the last among the 9 provinces in education, has risen as a district to second place among the 25 districts for dengue by data from Nov. 2019, adding to its backwardness. In order of worst affliction, the affected districts are Colombo, Jaffna, Gampaha, Kalutarai and Kandy.

Furtively Dumped Garbage on Manipay Road, Jaffna

Jaffna’s health authorities have been caught unprepared, napping without any stocks of fumes that are regularly sprayed to prevent mosquito breeding and infestation.

In the entirety of the year 2018, 2,120 persons were stricken by the virus in Jaffna. In the year 2019 however, 3,350 have already been infected with three losing their lives to the cruel virus. Residents report fewer visits to their homes by health inspectors doing spot checks.

Jaffna is in a health crisis. It does not appear that one party alone can address the matter. A broad effort is called for.

All major hospitals are overflowing with dengue patients. At Jaffna Teaching Hospital, a ward built for 45 patients accommodates 150.

Dr. T. Sathiamoorthy, Director of Jaffna Teaching Hospital, informing the citizenry on the state of the epidemic, stated that, whereas in November and December last year 264 and 602 patients respectively had been definitively diagnosed, this year in November 1,549 having been firmly diagnosed, he worries if these numbers will be exceeded in December 2019 in which in the first 5 days alone 200 patients have been identified.

To control dengue, one way is to treat the disease after getting it, but the best is to guard against it before one gets it said Dr. Sathiamoorthy, adding, that one such way of guarding against dengue is to keep the surroundings clean and free of stagnant water where mosquitoes can thrive or blow fumes where they breed.

The Government Agent and District Secretary N. Vethanayahan, has shown leadership holding urgent meetings with the Department of Health, the Mayor of Jaffna, Director of the Hospital, Director of Health Services and Secretaries of Prathesiya Sabais, to strategize our way out of the crisis we find ourselves in. Surprisingly, their first measure has been to order shut all tutories in Jaffna. This is because they have been identified as utterly filthy with some having no toilet facilities at all, breeding mosquitoes.

A second measure identified is removing all places of stagnant water. The help of local authorities is badly needed but this is a time when most local authorities have failed in removing rubbish heaps in their territories

At the same time, the onus imposed on residents to sort their refuse into categories, and the additional charges imposed on the citizenry when their refuse is excessive have led to residents stealthily dumping their garbage at night-time on streets away from their homes which then no one feels obliged to clear, and worse, others feel free to dump their garbage on the same spot.

Although the Northern Province Health Ministry has announced that in the whole peninsula 5,491 persons have had dengue this year, the burden of paying for the fumigating equipment and chemicals has been passed on to local authorities by the unprepared ministry.

“To end dengue, we need to eliminate mosquitoes. To finish off mosquitoes we need to go beyond municipalities and other local government authorities and get together and work together,” says a municipal councillor with determination.

(N. Lohathayalan – Reporting from Jaffna)

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    North and East of Sri Lanka need special measures, specific high level investment and committed political leadership. Unfortunately, Governments only focus on how to militarise and coloinize rather than development.

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    This is because Minorities live in very unhygienic conditions.

    If one visits up country one would see the estate Tamils living like neanderthals.
    If one visits Kos Gas Handiya, the road is full of phlegm and spit. You could hear the Muslims spitting and sneezing straight onto the road.
    If one visits Jaffna, one would see little Tamil children using the road as their toilet.

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      Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera

      Living with the lack of facilities to these area thats what these area suffer from dengue. and claim for uphealth care upgrade.

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      Retard-lunatic -Reginald shameless perera the Phyco..
      Like how you use to live in kapro muduku before you go into the boat and illegally lied and got asylum in Aussi?

      Your arrogance will humiliate you one-day for sure .

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      If not for Upcountry Tamils we will not have Tea as a export commodity today, its because of Tea Sri Lanka is well respected .
      The Upcountry Tamils are victims, being enslaved now for decades and you Physco Reginald the retard is making a mockery of their plight without saying thank you?
      It’s time they get a percentage of ownership from the teas sales .
      So they can upgrade their life standard .
      Hell

    • 1
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      When one reads the comments here, the racists comments always stinks. It is mental derangement, ignorance, and the arrogance of the majority. Pity you suffer from this ailment.

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    i think the delay in the provincial council elections and the central government running the provincial councils is the root cause of the problem.The northern provincial council elections should be held urgently even if the others provinces are not,because jaffna is the root cause of the ethnic problem and PC’s were designed specifically because of the north.Other provinces can be delayed,but not the north.

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    Jaffna drainage that starts from Ariyakulam, opposite the Vihara for the Buddha, passing by the hospital, Jet Wing hotel, and the Library to the sea is always with filthy water that is stagnant most of the year. Beside spraying the drainage canal need to be cleaned and graded so the water flows.

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      I stayed at Jetwing hotel in Jaffna during January 2019
      Could not stand the smell
      And rubbish !!!
      At least Jetwing should have
      Got the drain cleared the mess

    • 1
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      Thank you Lohathayalan for the useful article highlighting our current state of affairs regards to waste management/drainage/health issues in the Northern Sri Lankan capital city.

      In early 70s Late Hon Alfred Thurriaph has done some great work to upgrade/improve these issues and we have not revisited/bench marked this great work then and made no progress at all for the obvious blunders that continued ever since. Now this is compounded by the modern day waste of non bio degradable waste not managed well is a very worrying trend for the locals well being indeed. There are few variants to the Mosquitoes some of which do not even need puddle of water to multiply…….foliage/grass/modern day trash are just as perfect.

      Northern province a very small landscape and low population yet we are unable to have a comprehensive waste management/drainage planning as required?? can we the CT readers get together to come up with a comprehensive solutions/advice to the local administration…..I think this issue is beyond monetary issue?

      Use of chemicals are not an ideal/permanent solution on the long run.

  • 2
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    Place steel container size of a tractor one for solid and the soft garbage that can crushed to to be used for agriculture after furnacing and braking to crystals, if a concrete truck can transport contrate while mixing Machine is on it this can be achieved using this theory

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    I believe Politicians never Change , they do new ways to lie to people .

    Unbelievable landslide only in presidential victory and an MP in the caretaker government has already abused powers to allow the Entire country’s enviorment to be destroyed.

    This is an open intimidation towards the people ,
    They are saying we will do whatever we want even if it destroys the entire country’s enviorment & the people are already afraid to talk.

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    In my area I have never ever seen fumigation.
    I thought we do not have the equipment yet for it in Sri Lanka? 🤔
    Well it’s very clear most people do not care to pressure the government or Athourities , they prefer to dump it else where away from their homes and consider their obligations and problems have ended .
    This clearly shows changing governments or leaders will not change anything in Sri Lanka , until a new Constitution is enacted where the Entire citizens also become fully responsible from goverence , decision making to protecting the country’s enviorment.
    Failed already.
    Sad.

  • 3
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    A very unethical General election propaganda,
    “Bait the bait”.
    Allow free mining of sand and metal to gain votes , especially in east where most of the mining is done, the danger is ,if this continues there is a great risk infuture of these materials to be exported to Foreign countries.
    I think The Buddihist Sangha has to stand up against this .

    Meanwhile Gampha must be prepared for worst floods next year , because of heavy mining in Gampha .
    People will never wakeup until it’s to late.

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    How is that with such magnificent men, albeit different, as our Health Ministers, we have not been able to solve this issue of the Dengue menace for years now. It keeps growing on and on taking many innocent lives. I am, of course, not touching on the
    question of billions spent on the Health Ministry during this time – including the
    Hospital charges in expensive Singapore hotels when Ministers pop in their even for
    minor ailments.

    Kettikaran

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    good on you to highlight this ethir.Also for CT for showing that mess in the photo.

    ps.before our people talk of eelam and peelam these are problems to be sorted out.

  • 3
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    Where are the Buddhist monks who “fast unto death” when some calamity strikes Sri Lanka? Or, is it that there are nothing for them to gain from the sad situation.

  • 1
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    Tamil Politicians Should concentrate on social issues instead of stoking nationalism like their shingala counterparts

  • 1
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    🔔Let’s break this
    DENGUE
    EPIDEMIC
    in
    UNDER 90 DAYS..!

    Here’s how:

    🦟Fogging, fining and merely destroying mosquito breeding places can NEVER be the ideal solutions. Dengue is caused by a VIRUS , not by a mosquito. The life-spans of the virus and the mosquito are ONLY 5 days and 30 days, respectively.
    So, ISOLATION of every DENGUE PATIENT — for period of ONLY five (5) days — is the PLAUSIBLE answer.
    🦟
    Dengue patients can be isolated:
    A) Under mosquito nets OR
    B) In WELL-SCREENED rooms or wards.
    🦟
    The sole objective is to SAFE-GUARD every dengue patient from exposure to that critical, SECOND mosquito bite.
    🦟
    If a programme is set in motion with dedication and strict supervision all, so-called, DENGUE CONTROL UNITS can be shut down in a period of three months!😙
    🦟
    Over to you Madam Minister of Health and all the very best.👌

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