Routine H399 (Weekly Return of Communicable Diseases) based disease surveillance system has been the driving hub for Sri Lankan communicable disease surveillance system for the last few decades. It has been evolved over many years and proven that it can be adopted to ever changing epidemiology of communicable diseases in the country.
To give the information technology touch, a complementary web based software application has been developed and named as Nivarana (www.nivarana.lk) based on the same principles of paper based disease surveillance system while taking steps to improve the quality and timeliness of data. The Epidemiology Unit hopes to replace the paper based system with this system when it is implemented throughout the country.
Prior to launch of this application, it has been demonstrated before the Hon. Minister of Health, Director General of Health Services and other high ranking ministry, provincial and regional health officials at the recently concluded HDC meeting held on 23rd June 2011.
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.
Minister of Health, Hon. Maithreepala Sirisena was the chief guest and members of parliament, Hon. Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle and Hon. Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Chief Minister of the southern province, Hon. Shan Vijayalal de Silva and Health Ministers of North Western and Central provinces; Hon. D.B. Herath and Hon. Bandula Yalegama and Dr. Devendra Prasad Gnawali, Senior Program Officer of the Sabin Vaccine Institute grace the occasion. Officials from Ministry of Health including Dr. Palitha Mahipala, Director General of Health Services, Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Deputy Director General of Public Health Services and Dr. Paba Palihawadana, Chief Epidemiologist were present. Representative from the World Health Organization, members of academia, professional collages and ministries of Finance and Planning, Education and Ministry of Justice were also present...
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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