Addressing the 68th World Health Assembly held in Geneva on Tuesday, Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne highlighted the progress Sri Lanka has made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and universal health coverage, particularly with respect to Maternal & Child Health and the control of communicable diseases.
Dr. Senaratne highlighted that Sri Lanka has eradicated polio over two decades back in 1992, and the last indigenous case of malaria was reported in October 2012. Sri Lanka is expected to be certified as “malaria free” later this year.
He said Sri Lanka can be considered as a global example of a resilient health system as demonstrated at several occasions, especially following the 2004 tsunami. The health services managed the post-tsunami period without a single serious disease epidemic, he pointed out. Speaking on the developments in the healthcare sector, the Minister said the country’s new accident and emergency care policy identifies how specialized care institutions will be able to respond better to the emerging epidemiological and economic challenges by reorganizing and strengthening emergency care at basic levels and with specially trained personnel.