Zika Virus Disease
Zika virus occurs in tropical areas with large mosquito populations, and is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Southern Asia and Western Pacific. A type of mosquito, known as Aedes is responsible for the spread of this virus and also infections such as dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever
The country’s HIV epidemic has been at a very low level since the first case was reported nearly three decades ago. The estimated HIV prevalence is below 0.1% and the estimated number of people living with HIV today is between 2000 and 5000 (3777) . At the end of 2014 there were 644 people on antiretroviral therapy (ART). There has been a slow increase in the number of infections detected each year, but no change in overall prevalence.
Message of Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South East Asia Region
I would like to convey my congratulations to His Excellency Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, for getting the WHO’s prestigious World No Tobacco Day Award. This award is in recognition of Sri Lanka’s achievements in tobacco control and the contribution of Sri Lanka towards the advancements of the objectives of the Global Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, but more importantly this award is in appreciation of the indefatigable efforts of Dr Senaratne in the pursuit of curbing the serious public health menace of tobacco.
National Summit on Tobacco: Towards a Tobacco Free Sri Lanka: Eliminating Tobacco as a Public Health Problem
Commitments and actions at the highest level was seen as HE President Honourable Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the National Summit on Tobacco: Towards a Tobacco Free Sri Lanka. The august presence of Honourable Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Dr Nimal Siripala, Leader of Opposition in parliament was a testimony of the support Tobacco control receives in Sri Lanka. Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh’s message on this occasion was delivered by Dr Arvind Mathur; Ag WHO Representative to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Fact Sheet on Global Youth Tobacco Survey was handed over by Dr Dhirendra Sinha, Regional Advisor to HE President as he released the same.
Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak
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