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Epidemiology Unit

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.

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Weekly Epidemiology Report ( WER )

Polio Eradication Endgame (Part I)

Quarterly Epidemiology Bulletin ( QEB )

Epidemiology Bulletin - 4th Quarter 2012

Annual Epidemiology Bulletin ( AEB )

Annual Epidemiology Bulletin - 2012

Immunization Schedule

Immunization Schedule

New MOH and Clinic VMR    

New MOH Office and Clinic Vaccine Movement Register

New DF/DHF Surveillance Forms    

Dengue Special Surveillance: Introduction of Revised Format

Standard Operating Procedures

New DF / DHF Surveillance Form

Message for Public

Dengue update

During the last 3 months of the year 2014, 7205 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.

Latest Disease Trends,

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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.
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National Symposium on One Health approach for Zoonotic Disease Prevention was successfully held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Colombo on 8th February, 2014.

This event was organized by the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH) of the Ministry of Livestock and Rural Community Development and Massey University, New Zealand.

The chief guest for the occasion was Dr Palitha Mahipala, Director General of Health Services, Sri Lanka. Other senior government officials included Dr Sarath Amunugama - Deputy Director General (PHS -1), Dr Paba Palihawadana - Chief Epidemiologist...

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Disease surveillance go online

Routine H399 (Weekly Return of Communicable Diseases) based disease surveillance system has been the driving hub for Sri Lankan...

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Press Releases

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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