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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

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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-
Partners: MoH (NAC AMR) / SLACPT / CPA / PSSL / SLNA /WHO
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.

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Association Membership of the A-PBA

The Sri Lanka college of Microbiologists has obtained " Association Membership" of the A-PBA .

A-PBA was formed on 22 Feb 2005 and is already representing over 800 practicing biosafety professionals from countries and regions across the Asia Pacific and beyond namely (Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Hong Kong China, Macau China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam, Zambia)

This professional association was formed to congregate practitioners of biological safety for the promotion of Biosafety and Biosecurity and to facilitate the sharing of information through:

   Biorisk trainings and conferences in the region.
    The formation of the National Biosafety Association (NA) and Country Working Groups CWG.
    National, regional and international collaborations and partnerships.
   Technical collaboration activates with various stake holders

A-PBA, an affiliation of International Federation of Biosafety Association (IFBA) and American Biosafety Association (ABSA), leverage on the existing regional pool of biosafety professionals, partnership with the regional NA and CWG, international agencies to help build and spread biosafety and biosecurity capability and capacity in the Asia-Pacific region.

For More information on the A-PBA , visit the website

Calendar of events for 2017/18- SLCM

 

Event Dates Venue
Sponsor meeting 24th November 2017 SLMA auditorium
Call for the oration submission 2nd  November 2017- closing on 15th December 2017
Ordinary General Meeting 1- Notice to be sent 7th Dec 2017
Ordinary General Meeting 1 5th Jan 2018 MRI
Induction of president + Siri Wickremesinghe Oration 2018 13th February 2018 Hotel Ramada
Calling abstracts for the ASS closing on 28th February 2018/ early bird registration 30th June 2018
OGM 2- Notice to be sent 6th April 2018
OGM 2 4th May 2018 MRI
Annual Scientific Sessions 2018-

Pre-Congress workshop on Quality assurance and laboratory accreditation in microbiology

8th Aug 2018 Hotel Taj Samudra
Annual Scientific Sessions 2018-

Inauguration

8th Aug 2018 Hotel Taj Samudra
Annual Scientific Sessions 2018- Day 1 9th Aug 2018 Hotel Taj Samudra
Workshop on…. 9th Aug 2018 Hotel Taj Samudra
Annual Scientific Sessions 2017- Day 2 10th  Aug 2018 Hotel Taj Samudra
Annual Scientific Sessions 2018- Post congress workshop- on WHONET 11th Aug 2018 Hotel Taj Samudra
Workshop on Infection prevention and control – training of trainers -50 participants

MOS and ICNs

13th August SLF
Workshop on Infection prevention and control –

2 1/2 day interactive multidisciplinary workshop- 32= 8×4- certificates by a high official

14th , 15th and 16th half day SLF
Meeting to appoint Vice President July 2018 SLCM office
CME lectures and case presentations

(First Fridays)

2 Nov 2017

7 Dec 2017

5 Jan 2018

2 Feb 2018

2 March 2018

6 April 2018

4 May 2018

1 June 2018

6 July 2018

7 Sep 2018

5 Oct 2018

2 Nov 2018

7 Dec 2018

MRI
Send notice for AGM 7th September2018
AGM 26th Oct 2018

 

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.

 

The National Strategic plan for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

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At the Sixty eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015, the World Health Assembly endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, the most urgent drug resistance trend.

Antimicrobial resistance is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases, as well as undermining many other advances in health and medicine. The goal of the draft global action plan is to ensure, for as long as possible, continuity of successful treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with effective and safe medicines that are quality-assured, used in a responsible way, and accessible to all who need them.

To achieve this goal, the global action plan sets out five strategic objectives:

  1. Improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance;
  2. Strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research;
  3. Reduce the incidence of infection;
  4. Optimize the use of antimicrobial agents; and
  5. Develop the economic case for sustainable investment that takes account of the needs of all countries, and increase investment in new medicines, diagnostic tools, vaccines and other interventions.

Development of this plan was guided by the advice of countries and key stakeholders, based on several multistakeholder consultations at different global and regional forums

In the year 2016, the MoH, in discussion with WHO, requested the SLCM to formulate a draft national action plan to combat AMR for discussion with a wider group of stakeholders. Agreeing to this request, the SLCM appointed a committee comprising of five senior microbiologists, Dr. K. Karunaratne, Dr. N.S. Chandrasiri, Dr. G. Patabendige, Dr. J.P. Elwitigala and Dr. K. Jayatilleke to attend to it.

The SLCM committee achieved this target by producing a draft national action plan and a draft NSP in line with the global action plan.

This draft document was subjected to wide discussion with a multi-sectorial group to produce the final document, with each group completing the areas relevant to each sector.

The National strategic action plan to combat antimicrobial resistance - Sri Lanka was launched in May 2017

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The next challenge we face is the effective implementation of the NSP. An all-out effort is needed. As a College, we must extend our fullest support to meet this challenge in our capacity as clinical microbiologists in the hospital and community.

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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The Global Hand Hygiene Day of WHO – 2017- supported by The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists

by Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke

Hand hygiene is the core element in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in healthcare setting and is very important in combating antibiotic resistance.

Campaigning each year on or around 5 May is one important part of improving behaviour towards IPC best practices, especially hand hygiene.

This year the campaign materials are all co-branded with 'Fight antibiotic resistance - it's in your hands' to demonstrate unity between antimicrobial resistance and IPC efforts. The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists supported this cause by using the “Photograph promotional board” designed by the WHO.

A presentation on the " Guidelines on core components of infection prevention and control programmes at the national and acute health care facility level of WHO” was done by Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke, Consultant Microbiologist, Sri Jayewardenapura General Hospital, Nugegoda, on 5th of May to the college members.