The Epidemiology Unit was established in 1959 with assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen surveillance of communicable diseases. Initially, the unit functioned with a WHO consultant and a national counterpart, who, after further training in epidemiology, was appointed in 1961, as the Epidemiologist of the Department of Health Services. Prior to this, the functions of epidemiological surveillance were under the guidance of a Senior Medical Officer (Epidemiology) in the Department of Health Services. From its inception, the Epidemiological Unit worked very closely with the Public Health Veterinary Officer (presently the Director, Public Health Veterinary Services) and the Medical Statistician, and were all located at Chelsea Gardens, Colombo 3.
Revised Summery Guidelines for Patients with Seasonal Influenza Virus Infection ( English / Sinhala )
National Immunization Summit, 2015
Polio Virus type 2 withdrawal plan: tOPV-bOPV Switch
Epidemiology Bulletin - 2nd Quarter 2015
Annual Epidemiology Bulletin - 2012
New MOH Office and Clinic Vaccine Movement Register
National Immunization Policy
National Research Programme for Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology -WHO Report (PDF)
Investigation and Evaluation of Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Aetiology - WHO Report (PPT)
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Cases of influenza continue to be reported from all areas of the country. By the third week of May 2015, the Medical Research Institute has tested 252 samples positive for influenza; influenza A - 170 and influenza B – 82.
During the last 5 month of the year 2016, 17195 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.
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Disease Surveillance in Flood Affected Areas
1. Health messages for public
2. Reporting formats for flood affected areas
Immunization coverage assessment survey
International Dengue Conference - 2016
Ebola Preparedness – Assessment in Sri Lanka
Polio Eradication Endgame Plan
Joint International National Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) Surveillance Sri Lanka : 16th to 26th October 2015
Joint International – National Expanded Programme on Immunization and Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance Review From 19th to 23rd October 2015
Influenza in pregnancy
Introduction of the Inactivated Polio Vaccine
Symposium on Challenges in Prevention and Control of Hepatitis C
Media Briefing - World Immunization Week
World Immunization Week
GAVI Country Graduation Assessment Mission
Working guideline for the management of patients having Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Diagnosis of Ebola virus disease (EVD)
Haematological investigations of Ebola Virus disease (EVD) suspected patients
Before conducting any haematological investigations on suspected Ebola Virus disease (EVD) patients
Routine H399 (Weekly Return of Communicable Diseases) based disease surveillance system has been the driving hub for Sri Lankan...
A report has been received on 22nd March 2011 by the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health from the Regional Epidemiologist...
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