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.
Polio Eradication Endgame (Part I)
Epidemiology Bulletin - 4th Quarter 2012
Annual Epidemiology Bulletin - 2012
New MOH Office and Clinic Vaccine Movement Register
Dengue Special Surveillance: Introduction of Revised Format
Standard Operating Procedures
New DF / DHF Surveillance Form
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,
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.
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...
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...
Let Sleeping Demons Sleep
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