Council Meetings for Year 2015/2016


December 18th Friday June – 17th Friday
January –  14th Thursday July – 15th Friday
February – 19th  Friday August – 19th Friday
March – 18th Friday September – 23rd Friday
April  – 29th  Friday October – 21st Friday
May – 20th Friday  


 CME lectures for the year 2015 /2016 

December 4th  Friday June – 3rdFriday
January 7 Thursday July – 1stFriday
February – 5th Friday August -5thFriday
March –  4thFriday September -2ndFriday
April – 1st Friday October -7thFriday
May – 6thFriday  


Ordinary General Meetings

 First OGM – January 22nd Friday 2016

Second OGM – May 27thFriday 2016

  Siri Wickramasinghe Oration

 March 11th Friday 2016

Annual Scientific sessions

 August 10th, 11th and 12th 2016

 Annual General Meeting

 October 28

Message from the President 2017-2018

It is indeed an honour and a privilege to be appointed as the president of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists for the year 2017-18.

I would like to congratulate the past presidents, the councils and all the members of the college for the mammoth tasks completed and started in the previous years.

The contribution made by the college in developing and publishing the “National Strategic Plan for combating Antimicrobial Resistance in Sri Lanka” is commendable. As we need to implement this Strategic Plan and also other Asian countries have the problem of Antimicrobial Resistance at a great magnitude, along with my council and other members I am planning an International Conference on Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) from 08th to 10th August 2018 at the Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo.

As the education and training of clinicians, primary care physicians as well as other categories of healthcare personnel are of great importance to combat AMR, I am having the theme for this year as “Communicate and collaborate for clinical excellence”. With this in mind I am organising the above conference with many partners such as Sri Lanka Medical Association, Ceylon College of Physicians and hope to have workshops on Laboratory accreditation, Infection Prevention and Control and AMR for nurses, pharmacists and laboratory personnel in parallel to the main conference.

During the World Antibiotic Awareness Week the college printed and distributed posters for public awareness on AMR. The Facebook page of the college was used to disseminate messages on AMR. I also plan to have regular health messages related to infectious diseases published in the Facebook page of the college.

In addition to this the college will continue the other projects which were started in the previous years. I hope that we will be able to complete and publish National Infection Prevention and Control guidelines during this year with the support of the Ministry of Health. Another important task that I hope to complete this year is to publish the revised Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) manual for the use of IPC doctors, nurses and other staff working in Sri Lankan hospitals.

I plan to continue the Continuous Medical Education Programmes and other regular activities as in the past and hope I will get support from the council and members of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists as well as other professional colleges to carry out these activities.

Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke,
MBBS (Colombo), Diploma in Medical Microbiology, MD in Medical Microbiology
Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists


  • These guidelines are developed with the intention of improving the outcomes of infectious disease by early and appropriate antimicrobial therapy while minimizing the emergence of resistance to antimicrobial agents.
  • Antimicrobial regimes given here are intended to be used for prophylactic or empirical therapy. Antimicrobial agents should be tailored whenever a microbiological diagnosis and antibiotic susceptibility results are available.
  • Specimens for cultures and other investigations for an early microbiological diagnosis should be obtained before commencing empirical therapy whenever possible.
  • Treatment options have been selected for the optimal use of antimicrobials in the country and may not include all therapeutic options available globally for a given infection.
  • Antimicrobial doses given are for adults with average build and normal renal function unless otherwise specified.
  • The main focus of these guidelines has been the common bacterial infections and the scope does not include a comprehensive range of infections caused by uncommon bacteria, viruses and fungal agents.
  • These guidelines are not intended to serve as complete management guidelines for infectious diseases since other aspects of management of infections are not covered here.
  • Best practices in antimicrobial therapy will continue to change with improving evidence base on infections and the guidelines will have to be revised accordingly in future.