Dengue fever taskforce to disband if situation remains stable

The government’s dengue task force will be disbanded if incidents of dengue fever remain stable over the next few days, Haveeru has reported.

Speaking on behalf of the task force, Deputy Education Minister Dr Abdulla Nazeer said in the last 24 hours new cases had only been identified in four of the eight islands most affected by the mosquito-borne disease.

The work of the task force would be handed to the Health Ministry, Dr Nazeer said.

The official dengue death toll is eight this year, including seven children. A 41 year-old man died on Thursday while a 62 year-old man admitted to hospital with dengue died yesterday.