The deadly dengue disease accounted for 25 deaths last year of which 19 were in the Western province.
National Dengue Project Director Dr. Lakshmi de Silva said that during their awareness campaign they found that 5,613 persons had contacted dengue and the majority of the victims, numbering 3,453 were from the Western Province.
The breakdown for the Western Province showed Colombo heading the list with 1,865 cases of which five died. Gampaha registered 1,215 cases with 10 deaths and Kalutara 373 cases with six deaths.
Other districts which recorded high incidences of dengue were Kandy (586), Ratnapura (412), Kurunegala (144), Matara (167) and Kegalle (133).
The majority of cases, numbering 734, with four deaths, were within the Colombo Municipal Council limits.
Dr. Silva put down the increase in dengue within the Western Province to uncleared garbage piling up in the cities and due to the province being used as a dumping ground for industrial waste.
Health Care and Nutrition Ministry Media Officer W. M. D. Wanninayaka yesterday said that plans were afoot to introduce the Mosquito Breeding Act in Parliament within the next three months.
Under this Act, persons who are responsible for creating mosquito breeding grounds would be fined between rupees 1,000 and 25,000.
The Health Ministry had already appointed a legal committee to work on this Act.
national awareness campaign has also been planned for January 27 with the assistance of the World Health Organization.