Prof Tissa Vitarana being awarded the Vidya Jothi Award

The Investiture Ceremony of conferring National Honours on distinguished personalities, who rendered a noble service to the country and its advancement was held on March 20th at the Nelum Pokuna Theater, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

These awards were bestowed on the most distinguished persons who have made outstanding contributions to the country and its advancement. At this ceremony, held after 12 years, the President presented national honours to 89 persons lauding their individual contributions in many spheres.

At this ceremony Prof Tissa Vitarana, a Past President and Fellow of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists was awarded the Vidyajothi award. The Vidyajothi award honours outstanding scientific and technological achievements involving original research. The nature of the award is a citation and a silver medal with the symbol of the sun. The number of holders is restricted to fifty.

The President, Council and members of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists would like to congratulate Prof Tissa Vitarana on this notable achievement and for bringing honour to the College.

Launching ceremony of The National Guidelines on Empirical and Prophylactic use of Antimicrobials

The National Guidelines on Empirical and Prophylactic use of Antimicrobials was launched at a ceremony held on 17th of November 2016 at the Sri Lanka Foundation, No 100, Sri Lanka Foundation Avenue, Colombo, with Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, Hon. Minister of Health as the Chief Guest.

Welcoming the guests, Dr. B. V. S. H. Beneragama, Deputy Director General of Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health, gave an overview of the activities carried out for combating Antimicrobial Resistance by the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka along with the WHO and other stakeholders.

Dr Jacob Kumaresan, WHO representative to Sri Lanka then addressed the gathering.

In a recorded video message, Dr Kumudu Karunaratne, Chairperson of the Subcommittee of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists which was appointed to coordinate the compiling of this guideline, explained the process for developing these guidelines and thanked all those who helped in this activity.



Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke, Consultant Microbiologist, then did a presentation on the problem of antibiotic resistance and what can be done to solve this.

Dr. P. G. Maheepala, Director General of Health Services, then addressed the gathering.

The first book of “The Empirical and Prophylactic use of Antimicrobials, National Guidelines -2016” was presented to the Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, by the Presidents of professional Colleges involved in their development, namely Dr Kanthi Nanayakkara of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists, Dr Ranjan Dias of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka and Dr. A. LakKumar Fernando of Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians.

Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, Hon. Minister of Health, then addressed the gathering. He explained what he and the government has done so far for combating antimicrobial resistance in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Kamal Jayasinghe, CEO-National Medicines Regulatory Authority delivered the vote of thanks.

Download Antibiotic Guidelines 2016

Question of the Week – 2017


Dr Mahen Kothalawala

Can  “Beta lactam – Beta lactamase inhibitirs(BL_BLIs) ”   combinations such as ” ampicillin/sulbactam “, “amoxcillin/clavulanic acid “and “piperacillin/tazobactam ” be used to treat blood culture isolates known to produce ESBLs ?
Are above drugs active against CREs?

Deadline Extended

The deadline for abstract submission for the 26th Annual Scientific Sessions 2017 has been extended 


31st of March 2017.

This date would not be extended further.

Dr Thushari Dissanayake/ Dr Nayomi Danthanarayana

Joint Secretaries

The Deadline for submissions  for the Annual Bulletin

is on the

31st of March 2017.

Contributions accepted for publication are,

· Review articles
· Research (original) articles
· Articles
· Case reports
· Photo quiz


The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists is the annual publication of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists issued along with the Annual Scientific Sessions of the College.

The Bulletin includes the summaries of the speeches/lectures/symposia and abstracts of oral/ poster presentations to be made during the Annual Scientific Sessions in addition to review/research articles and case reports relevant to microbiology and infectious diseases sent by the membership.

The aims of the bulletin are to encourage the membership to conduct and publish good quality research to support and improve the practice of microbiology in Sri Lanka and to share experiences to enrich and upgrade the professional standards.

All manuscripts will be subjected to review before acceptance and will be accepted with the understanding that the work is not being submitted simultaneously to another journal and has not been already published /accepted for publication elsewhere.

More details on the types of contributions and the format that should be followed can be found in the following documents.

submissions – 2017


Please send your articles following the “Guidelines for submission – 2017 “and the duly filled


1) Checklist for submission 2017
2) Cover Letter
3) Title page


to reach the college office on or before 31.03.2017

In addition to the above , the electronic version should be submitted to and



Thank you


Roshan Jayasuriya


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