Published on: April 5, 2024

Percentage of Dengue Cases and Deaths Reduced Compared to Previous Years – State Minister of Health Dr. Sita Arambepola

Dr. Sita Arambepola, the State Minister of Health, announced that this year has seen a decrease in the number of dengue cases and mortality rates compared to previous years.

Highlighting the progress, she noted that while 64 dengue-prone areas were identified by January, the authorities have successfully managed to mitigate risks in two zones as of today.

These remarks were made by Dr. Sita Arambepola during her participation in a press briefing at the Presidential Media Center today (05), focusing on the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’.

Expressing her views further Dr. Arambepola said;

Every year, accidents stemming from the unsafe handling of fireworks mar the festive season. Thus, a plea is made for vigilance and caution with loved ones during this New Year period.

Additionally, in the preceding season, concerted efforts were made to raise awareness about dengue prevention. Gratitude is owed to health departments and media outlets for their significant contributions. Notably, compared to previous years, there has been a marked reduction in both dengue cases and fatalities.

In January, there were 64 identified dengue hotspots. Presently, efforts have successfully brought under control two of these regions. Initially, over a thousand cases were reported, a number that has dwindled to 200 today. Climate conditions have undoubtedly played a role in this trajectory.

From January to date, 20,365 dengue cases have been documented, with 7,289 originating from the Western Province alone. The unfortunate toll stands at only eight deaths in the year 2024.

Moreover, a proactive program is currently underway to preempt potential epidemic scenarios. Its efficacy in averting such crises cannot be overstated.


The Presidential Media Division is fully responsible for socializing the views, actions, decisions and statements of His Excellency the President through the media. Electronic, print and new media will contribute to this through a credible and engaging approach.

The media department works as a source of information on the subject of the President’s vision and mission by maintaining good coordination with public and private media organizations and journalists.

National policies, plans and measures are explained to the people through the use of high quality media. Identify the fallacies and reveal the truth.