Leishmaniasis risk in 32 MOH divisions of Northwestern Province | Daily News

Leishmaniasis risk in 32 MOH divisions of Northwestern Province

Northwestern Province Director of Health Services Dr. Sampath Indika Kumara told the Daily News recently that there is a risk of Leishmaniasis spreading in 32 M.O.H. divisions in the province.

He said that there had been 460 Leishmaniasis patients reported from 29 M.O.H. divisions in the Kurunegala District and 10 more from three M.O.H. divisions in the Puttalam District during last year. The highest number of patients were reported from the Rideegama, Alawwa, Polpithigama, Ibbagamuwa, and Pannala M.O.H. divisions in the Kurunegala District; as well as the Anamaduwa, Karuwalagaswewa, and Pallama M.O.H. divisions in the Puttalam District, he added.

Meanwhile, Kurunegala Teaching Hospital Director Dr. Chandana Kedangamuwa said that eight patients suffering from this skin disease were receiving treatment in the hospital by February 2. He added that over 80 patients suffering from this disease are getting treatment from the skin disease clinic at present.

The Northwestern Province Director of Health Services said that the disease is caused by Leishmania parasites and is spread via sandfly bites.

If perishable garbage collected in houses are burnt, the breeding of sandflies could be prevented, he added.