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“25% of dengue cases reported are children”

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In a concerning revelation, the National Dengue Control Unit has reported that a staggering 25 percent of dengue cases reported are identified from children. To address this alarming situation, Dr. Nalin Ariyaratne, the director of the unit, emphasizes the urgent need for parents to be vigilant.

Dr. Ariyaratne advises that the usual waiting period of two days before seeking medical attention for infants displaying symptoms of fever should be disregarded. Immediate medical attention is crucial in these cases to ensure timely treatment and effective management.

Moreover, individuals between the ages of 20 and 60 are at a significantly higher risk of contracting dengue. Dr. Ariyaratne stresses that if a person in this age group experiences fever symptoms persisting for more than two days, seeking immediate medical attention is imperative.

Furthermore, the director of the National Dengue Control Unit highlights the importance of individuals with compromised immune systems promptly seeking medical assistance to prevent potential complications.

In a separate development, Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni, the Chief Medical Officer of Health at the Colombo Municipal Council, has taken strict measures against mosquito breeding sites in Colombo. Legal action has been initiated against 475 individuals for hosting such breeding sites, demonstrating the authorities’ commitment to tackling this issue effectively.

Additionally, the National Dengue Control Unit announces the implementation of a special dengue prevention program at Dhamma schools today. This initiative aims to raise awareness and educate the community about preventive measures to combat the spread of dengue.

In light of these crucial updates, parents, individuals, and communities must prioritize dengue prevention, take immediate action when symptoms arise, and cooperate with the authorities to mitigate the impact of this disease.

(newsfirst.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by newsfirst.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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