Two special awards from the WHO for the health sector in Sri Lanka

World Health Organization (WHO) transmits HIV from mother to child in Sri Lanka Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Health was presented with two special awards today (10) for recognizing the country as having eliminated transmission and being free of the rubella virus.

Today, the second day of the 73rd session of the World Health Organization (WHO) in South Asia, which kicked off yesterday (09) in Bangkok, Thailand, the World Health Organization (WHO) presented these two special awards to the Minister of Health, Pavithra Wanniarachchi. It took place in the office of the health organization.

The mother became infected with HIV during pregnancy. If infected, her child could be infected, and local health authorities have taken steps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

In 1996, the rubella vaccine was introduced into the National Immunization Program, where it was given to women between the ages of 11-44 and girls between the ages of 11-15, at the school level, and to other age groups through immunization clinics. .

The Ministry of Health has launched an expeditious plan to eradicate the rubella virus from Sri Lanka by 2020, which has been 100 percent successful. The World Health Organization (WHO) today presented these two distinguished awards to Sri Lanka at the 73rd Session of the South Asian Region.

The 73rd Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) will be attended by Ministers and Representatives from 11 South Asian countries, including Sri Lanka.

Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Acting Director General of Health Services Dr.S. Dr. Sridharan was accompanied by Dr. Razia Pendse, WHO Resident Representative in Sri Lanka and a group of officials from the Ministry of Health.