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2016

WHO declares Sri Lanka Malaria-free: -


The World Health Organization (WHO) on September 05 declared Sri Lanka Malaria-free, after certifying that the life-threatening disease had been completely eliminated in the island. The announcement came at the 69th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia Region, currently underway in Colombo. A delegation from India, led by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, is also in Colombo, participating in the event. Sri Lankan Maithripala Sirisena – who served as health Minister in former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s cabinet – and the Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were on September 06 conferred the ‘Excellence in Public Health’ awards by the WHO South-East Asia Region for “their remarkable and sustained role in the public health gains” of their countries. In regard to Malaria, India is in the “control phase”, but is working to reach pre-elimination by 2017 and to complete eli



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