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Invitation to submit contributions to be published in the Annual Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of microbiologists 2018

The 27th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of microbiologists is scheduled to be held from the 8th to 10th August 2018.

The Annual Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of microbiologists will be published to coincide with the sessions.

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.

The editorial board of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists invites the membership to send their contributions to the SLCM Bulletin for 2018, to be published in August.

Types of Contributions are,

· Review articles
· Research (original) articles
· Articles
· Case reports
· Abstracts of presentations to be made at Annual Scientific Sessions
· Photo quiz
· Abstracts of research presentations (oral / poster) at Annual Scientific Sessions

All manuscripts will be subjected to review before acceptance. Therefore all authors will have to adhere to a uniform format before sending the manuscripts for review.

A panel of reviewers shall be appointed by the editorial board to represent each speciality and each manuscript will be send to 2 reviewers .

Please send your articles following the “Guidelines for submission – 2018 “ .

The electronic version of the following Documents and you article should be submitted to slcmicrobio@sltnet.lk and slcmicrobio@gmail.com .

1) Checklist for submission 2018
2) Cover Letter
3) Title page

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They should reach the college office on or before 30th April 2018

Please note – Hard copies are not required . Only send the electronic versions of the document .

Thank you

Roshan Jayasuriya

Editor
SLCM
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The Induction of President & Siri Wickremesinghe Oration 2018

The Induction of President & Siri Wickremesinghe Oration of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists  was held on the 13th  of February 2018 at 10.30 am at the “Liberty Ballroom, Ramada Colombo”.

Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke was inducted as the  President of Sri lanka College of Microbiologists . The Orator was Professor N.P. Sunil-Chandra, Senior Professor & Chair 
Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya.

All the members and their spouses were invited to attend the occasion . 

 

INDUCTION OF Dr. KUSHLANI JAYATILLEKE AS THE PRESIDENT 2018

Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke was inducted as the  President of Sri lanka College of Microbiologists on the 13th of February 2018 at 10.30 am at the “Liberty Ballroom, Ramada Colombo”.

The speech introducing  Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke was delivered by Dr Enoka Korea the outgoing president of the SLCOM ) .

Sashika Kushlani Jayatilleke had her primary education at Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya, Nugegoda and her secondary education at Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, where she was appointed a prefect.

She received her MBBS degree in 1992 from the University of Colombo, with a Distinction in Microbiology. Subsequently she obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Microbiology from the PGIM, Colombo in 1998, followed by the MD in Medical Microbiology in 2001 from the same institution. She was board certified as a Consultant Microbiologist in January 2003. She completed her overseas training as an Honorary Specialist Registrar at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK and as a Locum for service Specialist Registrar in Microbiology at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK.

On her return to Sri Lanka she was appointed Consultant Microbiologist at the Teaching Hospital, Kurunegala, followed by a posting to the National Institute of Health Sciences, Kalutara, where she also acted as the offsite consultant to the Kalutara General Hospital, Panadura Base Hospital and the Horana General Hospital. She has been the Consultant Microbiologist at the Sri Jayewardenapura General Hospital since 2009.  

Dr Jayatilleke has many years of experience in clinical microbiology, laboratory medicine, bacteriology diagnostic services and laboratory administration. This extensive expertise has been recognized both nationally and internationally. In Sri Lanka, she is Member of the National Advisory Committee for combating Antimicrobial Resistance. She is a trained assessor for Accreditation of Medical Laboratories under ISO 15189 and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee and the expert committee to develop specific criteria of the Accreditation Board of Sri Lanka. She acts as the secretary to the Technical Committee for National Laboratory Based surveillance of antibiotic resistance and is a member of its steering committee. She is a member of the Task Force in Microbiology.  Internationally, she is a Member of the Technical Steering Group, Infection Prevention and Control, WHO, Geneva and a Member of the Guideline Development Group, Infection Prevention and Control, WHO, Geneva.

She has been a loyal member of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists for long period of time serving as the Joint Honorary Secretary in 2006/2007, 2007/2008 and 2009/2010 and as a member of the council over many years. She is a trainer and examiner for the Diploma and MD examinations and is a member of the Board of Study in Microbiology of the PGIM where she is presently the coordinator of the post-MD training programme. She has taken an active role in her profession by participating in the work of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, where she served as an Assistant Secretary. She is currently the Chairperson of the Expert Group on Healthcare Quality and Safety of the SLMA.

She is active in research in infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance and infection control and has 25 publications and 45 presentations to her credit. In this regard, she won a President’s Award for Scientific Publication in 2012. She is an Investigator for the Asian Network for Surveillance of Resistant Pathogens (ANSORP). She has supervised many MD projects and has served as a member of the Board of Examiners for MPhil and PhD examinations.   

Her interests are not restricted to medicine and microbiology. She is a pianist who has passed the Grade 8 examination for the piano and she is a member of the Ethics Review Committee of Sri Jayewardenapura General Hospital, Nugegoda.

Antibiotic Awareness Week November 2017

WORLD ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK 2017

WHO declared the week from 13th to 19th November 2017 as the World Antibiotic Awareness week. SLCM repeatedly reminded the membership on this important event and posters in all three languages relevant to this event were distributed among Consultant Microbiologists and Acting Consultant Microbiologists to display in their respective hospitals.

Base Hospital Akkareipattu

 

 

 

 

 

District General Hospital Amapara

District General Hospital Negombo

Independent Medical Practitioners Association (IMPA)

Meanwhile, in response to the request made by the President SLCM, to give a time to update members of Independent Medical Practitioners Association (IMPA) on AMR as an activity for Antibiotic Awareness week 2017, the IMPA invited SLCM to partner with IMPA at their medical update programme which was held on Sunday 17th December 2017 from 7.30pm – 9.00pm at the OPA Auditorium. The topic was ‘An update on Antibiotic Resistance’

Following were the Subtopics

  1. Introduction to antimicrobial resistance- by Dilini Nakkawita, Consultant Microbiologist DGH Vauniya
  2. National Action Plan for Anti – Microbial Resistance and the Way Forward- by Dr Kumudu Karunaratne ,Consultant Microbiologist Lady Ridge way Hospital, Colombo 8
  3. Primary Care Physician’s role in combating AMR- Dr Rohini Wadanamby, Consultant Microbiologist Lanka Hospitals. Colombo 5

National Hospital Sri Lanka

The National Hospital of Sri Lanka commemorated the World Antibiotic Awareness Week from 13 – 19 November 2017 with a series of activities to raise awareness among general public and healthcare workers. The activities included awareness programme to Out Patient Department ( OPD) patients, quiz competition to medical officers from ICUs, preparation and displaying the Sinhala translations of WHO antibiotic awareness posters 2017 and another poster on rational use of antibiotics in relevant sections of the hospital, distribution of antibiotic awareness leaflet in Sinhala among OPD patients and healthcare workers.  During the above activities a great emphasis was given to the theme this year “seek advice from a qualified health professional before taking antibiotics” .

The department of microbiology and infection control with the assistance from the department of pharmacy carried out awareness programmes to patients attending to the OPD on 15th and 16th November 2017. The important aspects highlighted were the antibiotic resistance, preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics for future generations, importance of not demanding antibiotics from prescribers, following doctor’s advice and never sharing antibiotics, problem of drying pipeline of antibiotics and importance of appropriate use of antibiotics and infection prevention and control with emphasis on hand hygiene.  We further emphasized the fact that misuse of antibiotics puts all of us at risk and also taking antibiotics unnecessarily speeds up antibiotic resistance, making infections more difficult and expensive to treat.

Video clip of a role play prepared at NHSL in two languages namely Sinhala and Tamil with the assistance from the hospital bioinformatics unit which suits the Sri Lankan set up was used for the OPD awareness. Senior registrars, registrars and medical officers in medical microbiology unit acted in the debates which were included in the video clip. This made the event extremely interesting because real problems encountered in the community regarding antibiotics were highlighted. The take home messages of antibiotic use in relation to the public were highlighted by the consultant microbiologist and the senior registrars at the end. Infection control nursing officers made the patients aware about the importance of hand hygiene and demonstrated the technique to them. An educational leaflet in Sinhala was distributed to the patients and there was great enthusiasm from patients to get more information from the medical staff. A number of questions about use of antibiotics were directed to the registrars and senior registrars from patients while distributing them.

The infection control nursing officers took the burden of decorating the background of the event in the OPD with items which were made by themselves amidst limited facilities in the setting to make the event more attractive. The senior medical laboratory technologist and the support staff of the department of microbiology supported immensely in arranging the venue at the OPD at the time of the awareness programme.

A poster highlighting the rational use of antibiotics prepared by the intern pharmacists at NHSL too was displayed at the OPD during the awareness programme. A power point presentation made by the intern pharmacists under the guidance of the consultant microbiologist was displayed in the TV screen of the OPD.

During the week the senior registrars performed an antibiotic quiz competition in medical ICU, surgical ICU and all four neurotrauma ICUs in the hospital using a question paper prepared by the senior registrars under the supervision of the consultant microbiologist. The three highest scorers were presented prizes as an encouragement and appreciating their contribution.

The WHO Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017 posters were translated into Sinhala by one of the medical officers from the department of microbiology with the guidance of the consultant microbiologist. Printed posters were distributed to the relevant departments of the hospital with the idea that this would improve the knowledge, attitudes and practices of patients and healthcare workers when using antibiotics.

Overall, this was a very successful programme which became a reality due to the tireless effort, dedication, commitment and team work of the members of the department of microbiology and infection control and the great support extended by the all medical, nursing and other staff members of the hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

Neville Fernando Teaching Hospita and South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine

Sri Jayewardenapura General Hospital

Awareness programmes were conducted on the appropriate use of antibiotics mainly targeting public at Sri Jayewardenapura General Hospital. Posters in English, Sinhala and Tamil were displayed on notice boards. Awareness talks on antibiotic resistance were done by the Health Education Unit in outpatient department and clinic area. A street drama was produced and acted by the hospital staff during the visiting hours to increase the awareness of the public on antibiotic resistance.

 

27th Annual Scientific Sessions

International Conference on Infectious Diseases and AntimicrobialResistance –

08th -10th August 2018 at the Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo

Theme - Communicate and collaborate for clinical excellence

 

Objectives of the Program

  • To raise awareness among clinicians including primary care physicians , policy makers and the public of the burden of AMR and on strategies for prevention and control of Infections and AMR in South Asia.
  • To disseminate knowledge and skills pertaining to infectious diseases and AMR within the South Asian region
  • To promote basic and applied research in infectious diseases and AMR.
  • To promote collaboration among clinicians and researchers in the region to study the epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis, management and prevention and control of infections and AMR.

 

The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists – 2017

The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists
Published annually with the Scientific Sessions of the College

EDITORIAL BOARD

Editor : Dr. Roshan Jayasuriya
Editorial Board : Dr. Kanthi Nanayakkara
Dr. Enoka Corea
Dr. Sharmini Gunawardena
Dr. Dhammika Vidanagama
Dr. Thushari Dissanayake
Dr. Nayomi Danthanarayana

Editorial Assistants : Ms. Priyanga Opatha
Ms. Imashi Abeysinghe

Address for correspondence:

Editor
Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists
06, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7.
E-mail: slcmicrobio@gmail.com or slcmicrobio@sltnet.lk

 

Medical exhibition – July 2017- BMICH

The Ceylon College of Physicians is organizing a medical exhibition to celebrate their Golden Jubilee on 14th, 15th and 16th of July 2017 at the BMICH.

Stall

The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists are planning to have a stall in this exhibition under the title “Infections and Antibiotic Resistance”. There will be a competition to assess the knowledge of the public on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and gifts will be given to the winners. Also there will be video and other presentations on AMR and related topics.

Symposium

The members of the college will also participate in a symposium on the theme “Antibiotic Resistance” on Saturday the 15th from 4-5 pm in the same venue.

Moderator:

Dr. Geethika Patabendige- Microbiologist – NHSL

Panel:  

Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne- Microbiologist- LRH
Dr. Shirani Chandrasiri- Microbiologist- CSTH
Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke- MicrobiologistS- JGH
Dr. Jayanthi Elwitigala– Microbiologist - NSACP
Dr Lakshy Guruparan- Senior Registrar, Microbiology

Book Stall

There will be  a book stall in this exhibition for the display and sale  of publications by medical doctors.

The membership can use this opportunity to display/sell any type of medical or non-medical books authored by our members.

 For Further Details please contact the College Office or Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke, (Consultant Microbiologist, Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital).

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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