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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 )

Rabies (Part II)

Quarterly Epidemiology Bulletin ( QEB )

Epidemiology Bulletin - 3rd Quarter 2013

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

National Immunization Policy    

National Immunization Policy

Chronic Kidney Disease    

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)

Dengue makes turns in life     

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Dengue update

During the last 12 months of the year 2014, 43059 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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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

Please contact,

  1. Epidemiology unit – 0112 695112, 0112 681548
  2. Dr. Sunethra Gunasena  (Consultant virologist ) Medical Research Institute(MRI) Colombo
- 0112 693532, 0112 693533,0112 693534 / 5


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.

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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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