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Draft of the National Immunization Policy is handed over to the Minister of Health Maithreepala Sirisena

The function of presenting the draft of the policy was held at Hall A’ in the BMICH in the morning today. Chief Minister of Southern Province Shan Wijayalal de Silva, MPs Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana and Health Minister of North-Western province and a number of medical consultants were present on this occasion.


On this occasion, Health Minister presented gifts to the board of experts including Professor Lalitha Mendis in appreciation of their contribution for preparing this National Immunization Policy. Moreover, Minister of Health launched the electronic information system on prevention of communicable diseases.

“Some complained to us that there is no national policy for national programs” in the country. But, during the past period, this situation has changed. We have a National Health Policy, National Education Policy, National Policy on Agriculture and also a National Policy on Economy in our country. Policies in relevant subject areas are developed in compliance with such policies” said the Health Minister, expressing his views.

“When considering cure and prevention of diseases in our country, basically, actions are taken for prevention of diseases at village level. Primary Health services are implemented via provincial councils in terms of the constitution. Even though through the Ministry of Health is assigned to provide resources, guidance and leadership, the provincial council is assigned the responsibility of providing primary health services. Launch of this draft of the National Immunization Policy is another important step.”

“Even though communicable diseases were a serious challenge in recent times, it seems that there is a decrease of such diseases as a result of the programs implemented for controlling communicable diseases. The quality of the programmers has been praised by the World Health organization and other international organizations.”

“National Immunization Policy is a very important policy in our country in strengthening health sector and for prevention of diseases. A policy will not be successful just by designing. The policy will take effect only by its implementation. We should specially identify the weaknesses that would arise in implementing this policy. Sometimes, the maximum use of the policies could not be obtained due to shortage of resources. And also, today the draft of the National Immunization policy is submitted. I know that this draft should be submitted to the cabinet of Ministers in future. Then there is a possibility of including more facts. Moreover, since this policy has had yet been submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers, these who an interested in this have the opportunity to express their and ideas a proposals, when doing 80, presenting new facts is important.”

However, implementation of the National Immunization Policy under the National Immunization programme is a historical occasion in the health service of the country.

Chief Minister of Southern Province, Shan Vijayalal de Silva, MPs Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, and Health Ministers of Central and North-Western Provinces and a number of medical consultants were present on this occasion.



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