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The success behind the Dengue Prevention Campaign in Imaduwa MOH area: An intersectoral approach

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PAA Chandrasiri

University of Colombo, Colombo, LK
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Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Abstract

Dengue has become one the most important public health issues in Sri Lanka over last decade. Galle was noted as a high risk district and Imaduwa MOH area was shown a rising trend of dengue in early part of 2012. MOH office Imaduwa had conducted a successful dengue prevention campaign in line with National dengue week and the key for success was intersectoral collaboration.

Objectives of the program was to develop an optimal intersectoral collaboration to strengthen dengue control activities in Imaduwa MOH area by advocating and sensitizing relevant stakeholders,  building partnership to implement dengue control activities and raising public awareness on prevention and treatment of dengue.

The program was consisted of 5 components. It started with formation of divisional dengue control committee which all the stakeholders were brought together. A public awareness program was done covering the entire MOH area with the active participation of all stakeholders. It was followed by a shramadana campaign which targeted public places, government offices, private institutes and schools. It attracted a wide public participation. Main intention was to raise public ownership in the activity and deliver the message across community. Home visit campaign to eliminate mosquito breeding places was conducted covering all high risk areas. Selected areas were fogged with the support of Pradeshiya sabha. All the stakeholders from different sectors gave their fullest support and the program attracted a wide public participation. Reduction of dengue cases in Imaduwa MOH area as a whole and especially in high areas risk areas were noted following the program. Intersectoral collaboration and building partnership were identified as vital factors for the success of this program.

 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/gmj.v19i1.6957

Galle Medical Journal 2014 19(1):1-5

How to Cite: Chandrasiri, P., (2014). The success behind the Dengue Prevention Campaign in Imaduwa MOH area: An intersectoral approach. Galle Medical Journal. 19(1), pp.1–5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/gmj.v19i1.6957
Published on 02 Jun 2014.
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