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Inauguration ICAMR 2018

The inauguration ceremony was held on the 08th  August 2018 at 6.15 pm at the Taj Samudra Colombo .

Arrival of the Chief Guest and Introduction of the council 

Ceremonial Procession

Traditional lighting of the oil lamp 

Welcome Address , Dr. Pavithri Bandara , Hony. Joint Secretary

Address by the President ,Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke 

Address by the Chief Guest 

Address by the Guest of Honour , Prof. Benedetta Allegranzi 

Award of SLCM Fellowships .

Vote of Thanks .  Dr. Kishani Dinapala 

Cultural Show 

Scientific Program ICAMR 2018

Was held on the 09th and 10th August 2018 as The International Conference on Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance (ICAMR ) at the Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo.

The Main Scientific program was held at the Grand Marque  while workshops were held at the crystal ballroom


Plenary 1 , Microbiology and Infectious disease - Is there a need for research . Plenary 2 , Primary immune deficiencies

Plenary 3 , Prevention of CA-UTI 

Plenary 4 , How knowledge on pk/pd can be used for combating AMR.

Plenary 5 , Outpatient Parental antimicrobial Therapy 

Plenary 6 , Antibiotic resistance in H.pylori

Plenary 8 , Anti fungal Stewardship

Plenary 9 , Clostridium difficile infections 

ICAMR 2018 – Workshops

Workshop 1

Date - 8th August 2018 from 8.30am-12.30pm

Pre-congress workshop on Quality assurance and laboratory accreditation in microbiology-
Target group of participants- all microbiologists and trainees (clinical, veterinary etc…). Medical laboratory technologists, laboratory personnel including quality managers and administrators .

Workshop 2
Date - 9th August -Antibiotic resistance-
Target group of participants – for pharmacist and nurses

Workshop 3
Date - 10th August -Infection Prevention and Control -

Workshop 4
Date - 11th August-  AMR surveillance and WHONET
Partners: MoH (NAC AMR)/ SLSMLS /WHO
Target group of participants: laboratory medical officers, laboratory personnel in microbiology

The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists – 2018

The College published the Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists for 2018, to coincide with the scientific sessions.

Editorial work was done by Dr. Roshan Jayasuriya and the Editorial Board.

It contained the previous year’s Presidential Address , the Siri Wickremesinghe oration for 2018, abstracts of oral and poster presentations made at the 2018 annual sessions, summaries of some CME lectures, articles and summaries of presentations at the scientific sessions.



By Dr R.Jayasuriya
Consultant Microbiologists

The ministry of health and the Sri Lanka Collage of Microbiologists has initiated the process to move away from the paper based system and to implement a common Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) in all state sector microbiology laboratories.

The Phase 1 of the project is the Development of a laboratory information management system to be deployed at NIHS Kalutara .

The Project is funded by an Iinnovative research grant under the Second Health Sector Development Project (SHSDP).

Following a delay of almost 2 years the project finally got under way by awarding the tender for the development of software to “Science Land Information Technology (Pvt) Ltd “.

The tender for the setting up of a Network and provision of a server at NIHS Kalutara was awarded to “Office Network Pvt Ltd " and the work was fully completed by 30/09/2017

The Software development process was initiated at NIHS Kalutara on the 15th May 2017 . The software is now been deployed and tested at NIHS Kalutara .

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 and .

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

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Guidelines For Submissions 2018
Guidelines For Submissions 2018
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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



Strengthening infection prevention and control in hospitals and community is an essential component in combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This has been stressed by the World Health Organization by recognizing “Reduce the incidence of infection through effective sanitation, hygiene and preventive measures” as the third strategic objective in the global action plan for combating AMR.

It is very well known to all healthcare workers in hospitals that the infection control team (ICT) is the executor arm of the infection control committee ( ICC) and is responsible for the day to day activities of the infection prevention and control. ICT constitutes the consultant microbiologist as the head of the team, infection prevention and control medical officer (MO/IPC) and infection control nursing officer (ICN).

It was a long felt need to have MO/IPC to function in a team with the consultant microbiologist and ICN in order to further strengthening of implementation of infection prevention and control activities in the hospitals. Though there is a handful of infection control medical officers appointed by the ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine are functioning in hospitals at present they are without any special training on the subject.

The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists (SLCM) recognized this gap and prioritized the task of initiating training for medical officers to work as MO/IPC. Developing a training programme with a proper curriculum and identified objectives was assigned to two of us by the council of the SLCM. Considering timely need of this worthy task two of us developed the programme with curriculum for two week training for MO/IPC and it was circulated among the other microbiologists too for their valuable input. Following the due consideration is given to the suggestion made by them, final programme together with the curriculum was prepared and handed over to the Director General of Health Services ( DGHS) at a Task Force in Microbiology  meeting held in 2015. Subsequent to the approval by the DGHS, several discussions were held at the subsequent task force meetings about organizing the training programme and also provision of human resources with the Director Training at the Ministry of Health.

At last it was decided to arrange the training programme through the Education, Training and Research ( ET & R) unit at the Ministry of Health with the resource provision by the SLCM. Administrative aspects were looked in to by the ET & R unit of the Ministry of Health. The ET & R unit collaborated with the SLCM for resource allocation. Two of us with the guidance by the President SLCM and the joint Secretaries managed to allocate resource persons within a shorter period of time in spite of busy schedules during the preparation for the annual scientific sessions of SLCM. Human resources were allocated  from both microbiologists and other specialties considering there relevance to infection prevention and control such as epidemiology, health education, research and critical evaluation of journal articles which are of importance in practicing IPC in healthcare.

The first MO/IPC training programme for medical officers was inaugurated on the 22nd August 2016 with the participation of Director Training from the Ministry of Health, Deputy Director/ ET & R and postgraduate medical officers in the unit as well as the President of the SLCM and consultant microbiologists at the auditorium of Directorate of Quality & Safety in the premises of Castle Street Hospital for Women. Following traditional lighting of the oil lamp, Dr. Vindya Kumarapeli,  Director Training, Ministry of Health and Dr. Kanthi Nanayakkara, President SLCM addressed the audience emphasizing the importance of the training programme as well as the way it was put forward by the SLCM and the task force in microbiology.

Pre test was held following the inauguration. There were 49 participant medical officers on the first day but only 38 managed to successfully complete the programme due to problems related to accommodation especially those who came from the distant hospitals. First two days training was held at the same auditorium and the rest of the days at the Aldo Castellani Auditorium, MRI. In addition to the knowledge component in the form of lectures, practical exposures to the participants on infection prevention & control too was done by paying visits to close by hospitals namely the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Infectious Diseases Hospital and Castle Street Hospital for Women during the two weeks period.. The visits were meant for the observation of existing practices and comparison of practices with standards available locally and internationally. Following completion of twelve days training programme, post test was held. Evaluation of the training programme was done using two evaluation forms prepared by the ET and R unit of the  ministry of health.

In addition to the consultant microbiologists from SLCM and consultants from other specialties, officers from the ET and R unit had to take a great effort in order to make this event a success. We make this opportunity to thank all of them and expect their fullest cooperation and support to make this an annual event which was highlighted by the Director Training and President SLCM at the inauguration as well as at the closing ceremony.

On 6th September 2016 prior to the closing ceremony four presentations were done by the participants in different groups. The presentations were planned  in a form of critical evaluation of the existing practices with the standards available globally and locally. It was an interactive session helping the participants to express their views about the infection control practices.

Closing ceremony was held with the participation of Director Training, Ministry of Health, and the President SLCM, Deputy Director, ET & R, Ministry of Health and consultant microbiologists. Director training and President, SLCM expressed their pleasure on initiating and conducting a training programme for MO/IPC and also importance of making it an annual event. Director Training highlighted the administrative difficulties they encountered during the training programme with respect to transport, accommodation etc.She highlighted about the limited resources and authority she has in conducting the training programmes at the ministry level. On behalf of the participants one expressed his views and they were very glad to have a training programme for MO/IPC and appreciated the work done by the SLCM and the Ministry of Health in spite of some shortcomings which need to be rectified in future programmes. The participants were awarded a certificate for successful completion of the training programme.

Following evaluation of the pre test and the post test a tremendous improvement in the knowledge on IPC has been observed and the SLCM can be proud of this great achievement.

It is extremely necessary to make arrangements to have further discussions with the ministry of health at the task force in microbiology in order to rectify the issues encountered at this first training programme with the view of improving the future programmes to minimize shortcomings.

Dr. Geethika Patabendige  & Dr. Malka Dassanayaka