The annual evaluation of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) activities of 2016 of Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital (SJGH), Nugegoda, Sri Lanka was held on 17th of January 2017. The chief guest of the occasion was the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) of Sri Lanka, Dr. J.M.W. Jayasundara Bandara. Dr.S.Sridharan, Director- Health Care, Quality & Safety, of ministry of health, nutrition & indigenous medicine of Sri Lanka also participated as a special invited guest.
While welcoming the guests Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke, Consultant Microbiologist of SJGH thanked all those who supported to have a successful IPC programme throughout the year. She presented the Guidelines on Core Components of Infection Prevention and Control Programmes at the National and Acute Healthcare Facility Level of World Health Organization, for which she contributed as a member of the Guideline Development Committee, to the DGHS. She explained how Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance in Sri Lanka can be reduced by implementing those core components in Sri Lanka. The DGHS handed it over to the Director- Health Care, Quality & Safety for implementation.
The Chairman Dr Athula Kahandaliyanage and the Director Dr Susitha Senaratne, of the hospital addressed the gathering in addition to the DGHS and the Director- Health Care, Quality & Safety.
The deputy director of SJGH, Dr Santhushya Fernando, the Secretary of the Hospital Board of management Mrs Thilani Rajapaksha , Consultants of the hospital as well as the Matrons and nursing sisters of each unit, Liaison nursing officers in IPC from each unit, Public Health Inspectors of the hospital, Medical Record Officer, Supply Officer, chief MLT of the laboratory and other relevant staff also participated.
The summary of data on Healthcare Associated Infections with trend analysis and the activities carried out by the IPC unit in 2016 were presented by Mrs Benita Wijesinghe and Mrs Subha Buddhadasa, the IPC nursing officers.
The prizes were announced by Mrs Shashika Karannagoda the IPC nursing officer. The best 3 units in IPC activities were selected by using a pre-determined marking scheme considering, the activities related to IPC carried out by the units, their performance at monthly check list evaluation and audits and the participation of the members of the staff in IPC meetings and training programmes. The labour room won the first place while ward 9 and 10 secured the 2nd and the 3rd places respectively. The nursing sisters and the Liaison nursing officers in IPC who had best attendance at the Infection Prevention and Control Committee meetings were also given prizes. Nursing sisters of ward 8, ward 20, ICU and Labour room had highest attendance of 83% while the Liaison nursing officers in IPC in ward 10 and 9 had the highest attendance of 100% and 91% respectively.
Chief nursing officer Mrs. A. N. Saputhanthri thanked all those who graced the occasion and those who helped to organise the event.
The Siri Wickremesinghe Oration was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation on Friday 10th March 2017.
The Orator was Prof Faseeha Noordeen, Professor in Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya. The topic of the oration was “Dengue in Sri Lanka – Past and the Present Trends”.
The Oration outlined the dengue story in Sri Lanka from the 1960’s to the present times including the disease burden, vector dynamics, changes in the socio-geo-climatic factors and the evolution of dengue viruses in the island.
The orator has contributed to existing knowledge through undertaking studies that help understand virus detection and characterization, explore vector dynamics and assess the feasibility of diagnostic protocols in different healthcare settings.
Prof Faseeha Noordeen has a BSc in Veterinary Science and an M Phil from the University of Peradeniya and a PhD from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She is the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation and the University of Peradeniy. She has supervised numerous MSc, MPhil and PhD research projects. Her research interests include dengue virus infection, hepatitis B infection and vaccination, evaluation of rapid viral diagnostic assays and viral pathogens in respiratory and diarrhoeal disease in children. She has published her work widely in local and international journals and is the recipient of numerous Presidential Research Awards.
The Pre-congress of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the SLCM for 2017 will take the form of the 2nd South Asian Melioidosis Congress.
This will be held at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel on 29th and 30th August. As its name implies this is the second Congress on Melioidosis to be held in this region, involving countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan, to increase awareness about melioidosis. The disease is frequently mis-or under-diagnosed in the region and revealing the hidden burden of infection requires the co-operation of a network of microbiologists, epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists, and public health personnel.
The 2nd South Asian Melioidosis Congress will allow researchers and clinical personnel meet and learn from global experts on the disease and develop collaborations within and between countries in the region and groups overseas with the ultimate goal of reducing the morbidity and mortality of this potentially fatal infection.
- To raise awareness among clinicians, public health personnel, policy makers and the public of the burden of disease caused by melioidosis in South Asia.
- To disseminate knowledge and skills pertaining to melioidosis within the South Asian region.
- To promote basic and applied research in melioidosis.
- To promote collaboration among clinicians and researchers in the region to study the epidemiology, clinical and laboratory diagnosis, management and prevention and control of melioidosis.
Clinical Microbiologists, other Clinicians, Infectious Disease specialists, Laboratory personnel, Epidemiologists, Public Health personnel, Veterinarians, Policy makers, researchers in Infectious Diseases
The above workshop was held on 19th and 20th of January 2017 at MRI and concluded successfully. This is the 2nd workshop on the same subject organized by the SLCM following the first one in 2014.
Fifty four Medical Officers and Nurses from the following private sector hospitals in Colombo and outside participated.
- Hemas Hospitals – Wattala, Thalawathugoda, Galle
- Ninewells Care Mother and Baby Hospital, Colombo
- Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital, Malabe
- Roseth Hospital, Colombo
- Ruhunu Hospital, Galle
- Durdans Hospital, Colombo
- Asiri Central Hospital, Colombo
- Asiri Medical Hospital, Colombo
- Asiri Surgical Hospital, Colombo
- Asiri Hospital, Matara
- Lanka Hospital, Colombo
- Royal Hospital, Colombo
- Asia Hospital, Maharagama
- Nawaloka Hospital, Colombo
- Co-operative Hospital, Galle
They were very enthusiastic and pointed out the importance of conducting this type of work regularly to improve continuous medical education. In light of the positive feedback SLCM hopes to carry on this activity annually.
During the 2 day workshop the following topics were covered .
- Healthcare Associated Infections and its importance in patient care provision –Dr. Geethika patabendige , Consultant Microbiologist - NHSL
- Sterilization and disinfection of instruments in healthcare setting –Dr. Sujatha Pathirage, Consultant Microbiologist - MRI
- Standard precautions and isolation of patients –Dr. Roshan Jayasuriya - Consultant Microbiologist - NIHS
- Hand hygiene – importance and when and how to do? – Lecture and practice session- Dr. Mahen Kothalawala- Consultant Microbiologist –TH Kandy
- Clinical governance, Audits , Surveillance and Quality indicators in infection control- Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke - Consultant Microbiologist - SJGH
- Prevention of device associated infections and bundle approaches –Dr. Dhammika Vidanagama - Consultant Microbiologist - NPTCCD
- Prevention of surgical site infections-including theatre guidelines and rituals –Dr. Shirani Chandrasiri- Consultant Microbiologist - CSTH
- Waste management in hospitals - Dr. Samanmalee Gunasekara - Consultant Microbiologist - NCIM
- Management of accidental exposure to blood and body fluids and occupational health – Dr. Jayanthi Elwitigala - Consultant Microbiologist - NSACP
The President and the Council of SLCM extend their deep gratitude to all the resource persons and everyone who helped in many ways to make this workshop a success.
Dr. Thushari Dissanayake
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