Join hands to fight dengue
All Sri Lanka should set aside petty differences and join hands to
fight the scourge of dengue, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said.
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena addressing the
symposium. Picture by Roshan Pitipana.
The Minister was addressing the inauguration of the Sub Regional
Symposium for Parliamentarians on Sustainable Immunisation Financing
held at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla Thursday.
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said he is willing to make any
sacrifice to obtain required funds for the health sector and to explain
requirements to international organizations such as the WHO, UNICEF and
SABIN to obtain the funds. According to Minister Sirisena Sri Lanka’s
National Immunization Program is very effective and paid off well by
recording the lowest infant and maternal mortality rates in the region.
Sri Lanka’s health indicators improved due to the success of the
immunization program. Earlier there was only one Medical College in Sri
Lanka and now there are seven.
The country has world class hospitals and medical professionals, he
Sri Lanka has already eliminated certain diseases such as Polio and
almost eliminated Malaria. The current challenge we face is defeating
dengue. The National Immunization Program lost its credibility due to
various arguments on some incidents that took place during the past.
The public should be educated on the importance of immunization, the
Minister pointed out.
World Health representative Dr F R Mehta, Nepal Parliament’s Women
Children and Social Welfare Committee Member Sandhya Devi, Indian MP
Lork Kheng, Health Ministry Secretary Dr R Ruberu, SABIN Vaccine
Institute Senior Program Manager Devendra Gnawali and many others spoke.
Several MPs including Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Thilanga Sumathipala and
Sujeewa Senasinghe were present.