Australia provide 377,000 dollars help to Srilanka

Vastavam web: Australia will provide USD 377,000 as financial assistance to Sri Lanka to help it combat its worst-ever dengue outbreak which has claimed over 200 lives and infected nearly 100,000 people.Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, who was on a two-day visit to the country, promised the Australian assistance to combat the dengue fever in Sri Lanka.Bishop also called on President Maithripala Sirisena this morning to know about the worst outbreak of dengue fever in Sri Lanka.

Australia will also grant one million Australian dollars (USD 795,000) for a research partnership between its Monash University and Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry to test the introduction of naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria to eradicate dengue fever from Sri Lanka.According to WHO figures, from January 1 to July 7, 215 people have died out of the total 80,732 people infected by the outbreak of dengue fever, a 4.3 fold higher than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016.As an urgent measure to combat the epidemic, the Cabinet decided yesterday to impose regulations to check houses and properties which are being overlooked for maintenance to take legal action against them under public security Act.