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.
Standard Operating Procedures for Prevention, Early warning and Response to Public Health Events at Points of Entry
Epidemiology Bulletin - 3rd Quarter 2013
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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During the last 8 months of the year 2014, 28511 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.
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Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease which is endemic in Sri Lanka. Previous experience and our data suggest that the disease is mainly associated with paddy farming.
The Ceremonial presentation of draft National Immunization Policy
Ceremonial presentation of the draft National Immunization Policy to the Hon. Minster of health, other elected members of the central and provincial government bodies and health officials was held on 29th April 2014 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Colombo with the participation of over 150 delegates. This draft policy was formulated with contributions from many stakeholders including Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance and Planning and Ministry of Justice under the leadership of the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health with financial assistance of Sabin Vaccine Institute. Having a National Immunization Policy would further strengthen the National Immunization Programme by ensuring the provision of an enabling environment for immunization of all eligible individuals in the country.
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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