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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2955

Sri Lanka gained tremendous progress in immunization program - Dr. Palitha Maheepala

By Manjari Peiris
Colombo, 29 April, (

Sri Lanka government has gained tremendous progress in immunization program with hundred percent island-wide coverage and thus enhancing child health, said Dr. Palitha Maheepala, Director General of the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Maheepala addressing a media briefing held at the Health Education Bureau to raise awareness on National Immunization Week 2013, further stated that the funds allocated for health for 2013 was 125 billion rupees and of them 900 million was for immunization. “Immunization is the best in medical science as it brings in a highly effective reward. The field officers in the health sector are doing a great service in this endeavour” he said.

UNICEF and WHO have recognized that Sri Lanka is one of the strongest performers in the region and in the world as regards to immunization.

Sri Lanka has eliminated polio and neonatal tetanus and has dramatically reduced measles and rubella in just over a decade, by reaching every child with vaccine. Introduction of the Pentavalent and MMR vaccines are certainly significant achievements.

The World Health Organization has a regional plan of action with a goal of eliminating measles and controlling rubella by 2020. Sri Lanka is a signatory to this effect.

Professor Dulanie Gunasekera, President of the College of Pediatricians’, Sri Lanka, requested mothers to get their children vaccinated at the correct age and ensured that new vaccines are safe and effective. If the child has had a reaction to the previous vaccine, they should seek doctor’s advice. If vaccination is refused by any officer at health clinics, the mothers should inform the medical officer in the respective area.

- Asian Tribune -

Dr. Palitha Maheepala, Director General of the Ministry of Health.
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