History of The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists

History
Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SRI LANKA COLLEGE OF MICROBIOLOGISTS

 1969 – 2019

 Compiled by Dr. Ranjith Perera and Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne

The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists evolved from the Ceylon Association of Microbiologists as its parent organisation which was founded in 1969. The founder members were Dr. T. J. P. Ratnayake, Dr. Emil Wijewantha, Dr. D. L. J. Kahawita, Dr. Chalrles St. John, Dr. N. N. De Silva, Dr. S. N. Arsecularatne, Dr. P. D. P. Gunatilleke, Dr. A. Sathasivam, Dr. L. B. T. Jayasundara, Dr. V. Sivalingam, Dr. I. Balasooriya, Dr. E. E. Jeyaraj, Dr. P. M. Jayatissa, Dr. (Ms.) N. K. Kappagoda and Dr. (Ms.) H. S. Vitharanam.

The name of Ceylon Association of Microbiologists was subsequently changed to The Sri Lanka Association of Microbiologists in 1974.

At the Annual General Meeting held in July 1979, a unanimous decision was taken that the Association should evolve into the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists (SLCM). With that decision Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists was incepted and a new constitution also was drafted.

The membership of the parent organization, Ceylon Association of Microbiologists, was 15 in 1969. The current membership of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists has risen to 255 in 2019.

A novel step was taken in the year 2000, during the presidency of Professor Manel Wijesundara – Dr. Karven Cooray, the then Treasurer of the College took the initiative to issue a Membership number and a membership card to all members of the college.

The objectives of the college as embodied in its constitution are as follows.
  1. To promote the advancement of Medical Microbiology and propagate information and disseminate knowledge among its members and other groups regarding this subject by means of lectures, demonstrations, discussions and such other means.
  2. To emphasize the importance of Medical Microbiology in Sri Lanka in relation to the control of infectious diseases and advise public and private sector on microbiological problems that may arise in the country and to initiate appropriate action for their resolution.
  3. To support the representation of its members in International Conferences, Meetings and Seminars in connection with Medical Microbiology.
  4. To promote publishing of original work in Medical Microbiology.
  5. To promote research and actively assist in such work.
  6. To promote collaboration with National and International Associations with similar interests.
  7. To take steps as are required for the attainment of the above objects.

As stipulated in the Article 8.1 of the constitution, the criteria to become a member of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists are as follows.

“All Ordinary Members, Ordinary Life Members and Overseas Life Members should possess a basic degree in Medical, Dental or Veterinary Science registerable with either the Sri Lanka Medical Council or Veterinary Council of Sri Lanka.

In addition, they should possess a postgraduate qualification in Microbiology recognised by the Ministry of Health or by the Faculties of Medicine, Dental Science and Veterinary Science in Sri Lanka or other post graduate qualification approved by the Council.”

From the inception, the Medical Research Institute (MRI), Colombo, was regarded as the unofficial headquarters of the College, without any office space. The address of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, (No. 6, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7) was used as the official postal address of the College. The council meetings were held at the Medical Research Institute initially for several years which later shifted to Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo or at any other suitable premises depending on the office bearers of the councils.

It was a long felt need that the College should have a separate office, at a suitable location. The activities of the College gradually expanded, with many members contributing to improve the specialty of Medical Microbiology.

In 2002, the then President of the College, Professor Jennifer Perera started a “Building fund” of Rs. 400,000/= with two fixed deposits. The funds were generated by organizing a course on antimicrobials for medical representatives and workshops for MLTs in private sector. Although action was taken to acquire office space for the College at the SLMA premises, it did not materialize at that time.

The College obtained its own office at the SLMA building from 2005 during the presidency of Dr. Gaya Colombage and received the assistance of an office secretary from 2006, Mrs. Priyanga Opatha is the first office secretary employed by the college and a small converted room in the loft of Sri Lanka Medical Association served as the college office for many years. In 2015 SLCM office was shifted to a more spacious room in the ground floor of SLMA where it is currently functioning. With the increase load of work handled by the college the services of a second office secretary was obtained in 2017.

The college was registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee under the Companies Act. No. 7 of 2007 on 16th March 2010, when Dr. Omala Wimalaratne was the President. It was Dr. Ranjith Perera who carried out this task on behalf of the College.

In 2015, during the presidency of Professor Nilanthi de Silva, the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists was registered as a charitable organization. All activities in this regard were carried out by Professor Nilanthi de Silva.

According to the constitution of the College, a new president and a new council were elected every year.  The new president was inducted by handing over the President’s medal, initially at the Annual General Meeting and later at a separate induction ceremony. The first induction ceremony was initiated by Dr. Maya Attapattu but there was a gap of several years again until it became a routine annual event in the calendar of the college,

The list of Presidents of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists from 1969 to 2019 is given in Table I.

President’s medal was introduced in 1995 by the then president, Dr. Maya Attapattu. A new tradition of awarding a replica of the President’s medal to the out-going President was introduced during the presidency of Dr. Maya Atapattu, on a proposal made by Dr. Ranjith Perera. A Ceremonial Mace for the College, to be carried at ceremonial occasions, was also made during the tenure of Dr.Maya Atapattu as the president of the college.

It was planned to have Annual Academic Sessions as far back as 1971 but this plan materialized 20 years later in 1991 when Dr. Tissa Vitharana was the President of the College. Since then, Annual Academic Sessions of the College were held every year, except in 1997.

In 1991, immediately before the 1st Annual Academic Sessions, a Pre-congress workshop on Arbovirus infections was organized as a joint activity of the SLCM   , Medical Research Institute, Colombo and JICA, during the presidency of Professor Tissa Vitharana.

The first ever Pre-congress seminar solely organized by the College, titled “Infection Control” was held to coincide with the Annual Academic Sessions - 2005, when Dr. Ranjith Perera was the President.

In 2017, during the presidency of Dr. Enoka Corea, the College actively collaborated in organizing the 2nd South Asian Melioidosis Congress, along with the Annual Academic Sessions – 2017.

In 2018, during the presidency of Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke, College organized its first ever International Conference on “Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance (ICAMR)”   which was organized to coincide with the Annual Academic Sessions – 2018.

The first post-congress workshop was held at the Annual Academic Sessions in 2018 during the presidency of Dr. Kushkani Jayatilleke.

Dr. C. Palasutharam prize for the best oral presentation based on a study related to Sri Lanka was awarded for the first time in 2018 at the annual academic sessions.

Initially, the academic sessions were held at the Aldo Castellani Auditorium, Medical Research Institute, Colombo on a single day, with the inauguration being held on the previous day evening. In 1996, when Professor Lalitha Mendis was the President of the College, the academic sessions were extended to two days. In addition, for the first time in the College history, the inauguration of Annual Academic Sessions was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI), going with the trend of the other professional colleges at that time, with more facilities than the previous venue.  Later, on many occasions, the inauguration and academic sessions were held at other more glamorous venues.

Details of the Annual Academic Sessions held from 1991 to 2019, including dates, venue, and theme are given in Table II.

Consequent to a decision taken at the Annual General Meeting held on the 28th of December 1996, a sub-committee was appointed to draft a new constitution for the college. This was felt necessary to clarify ambiguities and to incorporate amendments, which have been approved from 1980 onwards.

After studying constitutions of other professional associations including the Sri Lanka Medical Association, the Ceylon College of Physicians, the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association and the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Ranjith Perera made the initial draft on behalf of the sub-committee and the council. After a lengthy discussion in the sub-committee and in the council, it was unanimously adopted at the General Meeting held on 07th May 1999, during the presidency of Dr. Nalini Withana.

Dr. R. S. B. Wickremesinghe, a past president, an eminent microbiologist, a dedicated teacher and a much loved member of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists passed away in 2003. In 2004, during the presidency of Dr. Sujatha Mananwatta, the College started the Siri Wickremesinghe oration as an annual event in memory of him. Wife of Dr. R. S. B. Wickremesinghe made an endowment to the college for the oration.

At the beginning, the oration was held in April each year, but later it was shifted to the inauguration ceremony of the Annual Academic Sessions. Back again since 2015 during the tenure of Prof. Nilanthi de Silva as the president, it has been held in early half of each year, together with the induction ceremony of the new President.

Initially, the Council invited a colleague of Dr. Siri Wickremesinghe or a senior member of the College, usually a past president, to deliver the oration. In 2015, the council decided that instead of inviting a Past President to deliver the Siri Wickremesinghe Oration, it should be awarded to the best manuscript submitted in response to an open call for submissions from members of the College.

The names of the orators and the titles of the orations from 2004 – 2019 are given in Table III.

Another milestone of the college was to award fellowships. In 2015, during the presidency of Professor Nilanthi de Siva, the College decided to award Fellowships according to the criteria that were laid down by a special committee.

A list of Fellowships awarded from 2015 to 2018 is given in Table IV.

As a tradition of the College, the Vice President was nominated as the President Elect at the subsequent Annual General Meeting. In 2015 new criteria were identified to select the next Vice President through a search committee. The criteria included in addition to the seniority the services rendered to the college and eminency in the field of microbiology.

From 1998, the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists started circulating the college news-letter among its members. Professor Nelun de Silva, the then Editor of the College, took the initiative in this regard. From 2011, this was circulated as an e-newsletter.

In 2003, during the presidency of Professor Nelun de Silva, the Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists was started with ISSN No. 1391-930X as an annual publication, to coincide with Annual Academic Sessions. Dr. Nadira Karunaweera was the editor of the College during this period. This bulletin replaced the book referred to as “Proceedings of the Annual academic Sessions” or simply the “Abstract Book” earlier, where abstracts of all presentations at the academic sessions were published.

In 2006 SLCM launched its official website by Dr. Rohan Chinniah and this was re-launched with a new face in January 2011 by Prof. Nelun de Silva, as sl-microbiology.org with the web master Dr. Varuna Navaratne.

A new website of the SLCM was launched in May 2014, to upload abstracts in Bulletin, the newsletters, CME lectures and notices to the website; Dr. Roshan Jayasuriya was instrumental in developing the website and served as the web-master. In addition, a Facebook account was also created in 2017 for the College under the name of ‘the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists’.

In line with the objectives of the college members were involved in development of manuals and many guidelines to help improve patient services.

The work on the Laboratory Manual in Microbiology was started during the Presidency of Professor Vasanthi Thevanesam. In 2002, during the presidency of Professor Jennifer Perera, the work on laboratory manual was completed and handed over to the Ministry of Health.  Professor Vasanthi Thevanesam took the initiative in carrying out this task successfully. Second edition of the Laboratory Manual in Microbiology was launched in November 2011.

In the same year, the book titled “Collection and transport of clinical specimens” prepared by Professor Sirimalee Fernando, was printed with the funds provided by the Ministry of Health. These were handed over to the Ministry to be distributed to hospitals.

The first meeting with regard to the development of the “Hospital Infection Control Manual” was also held in 2004, during the presidency of Dr. Sujatha Mananwatte. In 2005, during the presidency of Dr. Ranjith Perera, the “Hospital Infection Control Manual” was completed by an Editorial Board, headed by Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne. This manual, which is a publication of the College, was printed with the funds provided by the Ministry of Health and distributed to all hospitals in Sri Lanka.

Around 2006 the college developed the microbiology request and report forms (H1222, H1223 and H1224) currently used in hospital microbiology laboratories.  Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne was instrumental in developing these forms.

Development of “Empirical and Prophylactic Use of Antimicrobials - National Guidelines” was started in 2012 as the brain child of Dr. Philomina Chandrasiri. Twenty one guidelines were compiled by the antibiotic guideline subcommittee which was chaired by Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne and published as a book and launched in 2016.

First Bio-safety Manual which developed by Medical Research Institute in 2004 was decided to be reviewed during the tenure of Dr. Pranitha Somaratne as the president in 2011. The second edition was launched in October 2014. Dr. Jananie Kottahachchi held the responsibility in revision.

During the last three decades, the members of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists have actively participated in developing publications and guidelines.

A list of these publications and guidelines are given in Table V.

Members contributed to many projects conducted by the college. Some of the projects are given below.

SLCM got actively involved with the Health Sector Development Project (HSDP) from the World Bank funds in 2005 / 2006 during Dr. Gaya Colombage’s presidency, and continued until 2009.

Project on situational analysis of waste management in chest clinics and STD clinics was carried around 2005-2006 by Dr. Sujatha Mananwatte, Dr. Philomena Chandrasiri, Dr. Jayanthi Elwitigala, Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke and Dr. Geethika Patabendige.

Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance (ARSP) project was launched in 2009 in few selected hospitals which was funded by GlaxoSmithkline company. This was initially planned as a four year project which analyzed antibiotic resistance patterns among Gram negative isolates in blood cultures. The steering committee of this project comprised of Dr. Sagarika Samarasinghe, Dr. Philomena Chandrasiri, Dr. Geethika Patabendige, Dr. Shirani Chandrasiri, Dr. Jayanthi Elwitigala and Dr. Pranitha Somaratne. The initiation of this project was done by Prof. Jennifer Perera which was subsequently handed over to the college. In 2012 as the second phase of this project, antibiotic resistance surveillance of Gram positive pathogens in blood cultures was added and this expansion included all hospitals where a consultant microbiologist’s service was available.

National Laboratory Based Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance Project (NLBSA) was started in 2012 to analyse the antibiotic susceptibility pattern of significant midstream urine cultures and enter data to WHONET in hospitals where microbiologists served. Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne and Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke were appointed as the chairperson and the secretary of this committee respectively.

In addition to the above mentioned initial projects, the members of the College have actively participated in the following projects in recent years also.

Strengthening the development and implementation of the national action plan for combating antimicrobial resistance and played a key role in development of National Strategic Plan (NSP) to combat antimicrobial resistance in Sri Lanka by Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne, Dr. Jayanthi Elwitigala, Dr. Geethika Patabendige, Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke and Dr. Shirani Chandrasiri.

Project on AMR as a social dilemma: Approach to reducing broad spectrum antibiotic use in acute medical patients internationally which was done in collaboration with UK was lead locally by Dr. Geethika Patabendige with a group of other members.

External review of the National Programme for Tuberculosis Control and Chest Diseases: assessment of microscopic centres was done by Dr. Jayanthi Elwitigala.

Currently a gigantic project on AMR work for Ministry of Health through Fleming fund country grant is being undertaken by the college.

Further college members represented many expert committees. The expert committee on Microbiology by The Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) to prepare specific criteria issued for the accreditation of medical / clinical laboratories by SLAB in 2010 and drafting a document on MD Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology training courses to facilitate registration and overseas training for post MD trainees for the Board of Study in Microbiology are some of them.

Although at the beginning, the involvements of the College members with the activities of the Ministry of Health was limited, during the past 25 years it gradually increased and expanded tremendously during the recent past. The membership of the college gave an invaluable contribution to the Ministry of Health to upgrade services in the specialty of microbiology.

In 2001, the Task Force in Microbiology was established with the Ministry of Health, initiated by Professor Vasanthi Thevanesam, the then President of the College. College members were actively involved in the Task Force in Microbiology which was chaired by the Director General of Health Services in many instances.

Some of the Activities of Ministry of Health where the College members were actively involved and represented are

  1. Task Force in Microbiology of the Ministry of Health
  2. Project of Laboratory Information Management System lead by Dr. Roshan Jayasuriya
  3. NLQAC (National Laboratory Quality Assurance Committee).
  4. Evaluation of CDDA files.
  5. Health care quality and patient safety conducted by MoH
  6. Offsite services as consultants to hospitals without services of a microbiologist
  7. Preparation of priority list for appointing consultant microbiologists
  8. Formulation private and state laboratory act
  9. Healthcare quality and patient safety
  10. Quality indicators for health care associated infections
  11. Finalizing the Hospital facility Survey Profile - Medical Equipment
  12. Guideline for the indication of colistin
  13. National Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases
  14. Review of Cadre positions up to 2020
  15. National Advisory Committee on Infection Control
  16. National Council on Accreditation of Health Care Services in Sri Lanka
  17. National Formulary Committee
  18. National Drugs & Therapeutics Committee
  19. Drug Evaluation Sub Committee (DESC)
  20. National Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases
  21. Technical Committee for Control and Prevention of Hepatitis B & C
  22. Advisory committee on tuberculosis control
  23. National Steering Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance (NSCAMR)
  24. Evaluate files / dossiers submitted to NMRA
  25. Estimated requirement of commercial alcohol hand rub for special units

With the establishment of Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) in the University of Colombo in 1980, Medical Microbiology was introduced as one of the disciplines for the training of specialists. Members from the field of medical microbiology represented the Board of Study in Microbiology. From 1980, members of the college have served in the Board of Study in Microbiology and have been involved in postgraduate training. Since then, College played a major role in introducing programmes suitable for PGIM training in Medical Microbiology. Under these programmes, Dr. Jennifer Perera was the first to obtain the MD in Medical Microbiology from the PGIM. The first Diploma in Medical Microbiology programme of the PGIM commenced in December 1986. Currently two members from the College are nominated to represent the Board of Study in Microbiology.

Members are participating in many activities of other professional colleges as well such as continuing professional development committee of SLMA and career guidance for young doctors organized by SLMA. The college has a representation in the committee of faculty of critical care and took part in formulation of general guideline for antibiotic therapy in newborns. Members are also providing their expertise by representing the college in anti-leprosy campaign, National Council on Accreditation of Health Care Services in Sri Lanka and at the specialist transfer board of GMOA etc.

In addition to the above activities with other organizations, the members of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists are frequently involved with following activities also.

  1. Training for Infection Control Nurses and Medical Officers
  2. Training for Medical Officers in Microbiology
  3. Organising workshops for MLTs and private sector nurses, paramedical staff, Medical officers.
  4. Public awareness programmes
  5. Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The above shows the diversity of tasks undertaken by the college and it is interesting to dwell on aims of the college and achievements at the inception and 50 years later.

Table I

Presidents of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists and the parent organization (1969 - 2019)
Year Name of the President Year Name of the President
1969 Dr. D. L. J. Kahawita 1970 - 1973 Dr. V. Sivalingam
1974 - 1976 Dr. D. L. J. Kahawita 1977 Dr. T. J. P. Ratnayake
1978 Dr. C. D De S. Kulasiri 1979 Dr. M. M. Ismail
1980 Dr. P. D. P. Gunathilake 1981 Dr. A. Sathasivam
1982 - 1984 Dr. T. J. P. Ratnayake 1985 Dr. A. Sathasivam
1986 Prof. C. I. de Fonseka 1987 Prof. M. M. Ismail
1988 Dr. Lalith Mendis 1989 Dr. Nihal Perera
1990 Dr. Maya Attapattu 1991 Dr. U. T. Vitharana
1992 Prof. Emil Wijewantha 1993 Dr. A. Sathasivam
1994 Dr. R. S. B. Wickremesinghe 1995 Dr. Maya Attapattu
1996 Prof. Lalitha Mendis 1997 / 98 Dr. Joyce Gunawardana
1998 / 99 Dr. Nalini Withana 1999 / 2000 Prof. Manel Wijesundara
2000 / 2001 Professor V. Thevanesam 2001/ 2002 Prof. Jennifer Perera
2002 / 2003 Prof. Nelun de Silva 2003 / 2004 Dr. Sujatha Mananwatta
2oo4 / 2005 Dr. Ranjith Perera 2005 / 2006 Dr. Gaya Colombage
2006 / 2007 Prof. N. P. Sunil-chandra 2007 / 2008 Dr. Sagarika Samarasinghe
2008 / 2009 Dr. Preethi Perera 2009 / 2010 Dr. Omala Wimalaratne
2010 / 2011 Dr. Preneetha Somaratne 2011 / 2012 Dr. Philomena Chandrasiri
2012 / 2013 Dr. Sunethra Gunasena 2013 / 2014 Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne
2014 / 2015 Prof. Nilanthi de Silva 2015 / 2016 Dr. Kanthi Nanayakkara
2016 / 2017 Dr. Enoka Corea 2017 / 2018 Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke
2018 / 2019 Prof. Ajith Nagahawatte

Table II

Details of the Annual Scientific Sessions from 1991-2019
year Inauguration Date Venue Sessions date Venue
1990/1991 21st June 1991 Aldo Castellani Auditorium –MRI (Hereinafter referred to as MRI) 22nd June 1991 Aldo Castellani Auditorium, MRI (Hereinafter referred to as MRI)
1991/1992 16th July 1992 MRI 17th July 1992 MRI
1992/1993 16th July 1993 MRI 17th July 1993 MRI
1993/1994 16th September 1994 MRI 17th September 1994 MRI
1994/1995 1st December 1995 MRI 02nd December 1995 MRI
1995/1996 13th December 1996 Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (Hereinafter referred to as SLFI) 14th and 15th December 1996 MRI
1997/1998 22th May 1998 SLFI 23rd and 24th May 1998 MRI
1998/1999 21st May 1999 SLFI 22nd May 1999 MRI
1999/2000 02nd June 2000 MRI 03rd June 2000 MRI
2000/2001 11th May 2001 MRI 12th MAY 2001 MRI
2001/2002 07TH June 2002 SLFI 08th and 9th June 2002 MRI
2002/2003 19th June 2003 MRI 20th and 21st June 2003 MRI
2003/2004 12th August 2004 SLFI 13th and 14th August 2004 MRI
2004/2005 4th August 2005 SLFI 5th and 6th August 2005 MRI
2005/2006 21st September 2006 MRI 22nd and 23rd Sep. 2006 MRI
2006/2007 12th September 2007 Galle Face Hotel, Colombo 3 13th and 14th Sep 2007 MRI
2007/2008 03rd September 2008 MRI 4th and 5th Sep 2008   MRI
2008/2009 09th September 2009 Hotel Sapphire, Colombo 6 10th and 11th September 2009 MRI
2009/2010 15th September 2010   Hotel Taj Samudra Colombo 16th & 17th September 2010 MRI
2010/2011 14th September 2011   Berjaya Mount Royal Hotel Mount Lavinia 15th & 16th September 2011 MRI
2011/2012 28th August 2012   Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Colombo 29th & 30th August 2012 SLFI
2012/2013 24th July 2013 SLFI 25th & 26th July 2013 MRI
2013/2014 13th August 2014 SLFI 14th & 15th August 2014 SLFI
2014/2015 12th August 2015   SLFI 13th & 14th August 2015 SLFI
2015/2016 10th August 2016 SLFI 11th & 12th August 2016 SLFI
2016/2017 30th August 2017 Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Colombo 31st August & 1st September 2017 SLFI
2017/2018 08th August 2018 Taj Samudra Hotel Colombo   09th & 10th August 2018     Taj Samudra Hotel Colombo  
2018/2019 13th August 2019   Ramada Colombo 14th & 15th August 2019 Ramada Colombo

Table III

Siri Wickremesinghe Oration (2004 – 2018)
Year Name of the Orator Title of the oration
2004 Dr. Norbert Ryan The evolving role of a public health laboratory in Melbourne, Australia
2005 Dr. Nalini Withana Building bridges and breaking barriers for polio eradication
2006 Dr. Maya Attapattu Conclusions of a scientific wanderer
2007 Prof. Lalitha Mendis Epidemiology and control of rotavirus diarrhoea
2008 Prof. Manel Wijesundara Towards responsible pet ownership
2009 Prof. Vasanthi Thevanesam My thoughts on microbes and microbiologists- an evolving saga
2010 Prof. Jennifer Perera Reflections of women’s contribution to medical microbiology
2011 Prof. Nelun de Silva Fungi and fungal infections - The good, the bad and the ugly
2012 Dr. Sujatha Mananwatte Gonococcus: The story of old villain
2013 Dr. Geethani Wickremasinghe Challenges and achievements faced as a virologist
2014 Dr. Ranjith Perera Notes of a Medical Microbiologist – A journey through history, religion, mythology and evolution
2015 Dr. Harsha Perera Do we know enough of our own backyard? Influenza surveillances over the last decade
2016 Dr. Rajiva de Silva Primary immune deficiency in Sri Lanka – The long march
2017 Prof. Faseeha Noordeen Dengue in Sri Lanka – Past and the present trends
2018 Prof. N.P. Sunil-chandra One health approach to studies on plagues in Sri Lanka - Past and present
2019 Prof. Nilanthi de Silva Worms and diseases demonstrating the impact of soil transmitted helminthes on health and well being

Table IV

Fellowships awarded by the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists (2015 – 2019)
Year Name of the recipient
2015 Prof. Emil Wijewantha Prof. M.M. Ismail Prof. Ivy de Fonseka Prof. Tissa Vitharana Dr. Maya Attapattu Prof. Lalitha Medis Dr. Nalini Withana Prof. Manel Wijesundara Prof. Vasanthi Thevanesam
2016 Prof. S. N. Arsecularatne Dr. S. D. Atukorala Prof. Jennifer Perera Prof. Nelun de Siva
2017 Dr. Sujatha Mananwatta Dr. Ranjith Perera Prof. N.P.Sunil-chandra
2018 Dr. C. Palasundaram Prof. Malik Peiris Dr. Gaya Colombage

Table V

Books Published and guideline developed by Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists
Year Book / Guideline
2002 Laboratory Manual in Microbiology -1st Edition
2002 Collection and transport of clinical specimens
2004 Bio safety Manual - 1st Edition
2005 Hospital Infection Control Manual
2005/2006 Hand book on waste management of chest and STD clinics
2005/2006 Code of practices on waste management of chest and STD clinics
2006/2008 National guidelines on 10 topics in Microbiology as 3 books, under Health Sector Development Project
2011 Laboratory Manual in Microbiology - 2nd Edition
2014 Bio safety Manual - 2nd Edition
2016 Empirical and prophylactic use of antimicrobials - National guidelines 2016. In collaboration with other Professional Colleges in healthcare and the Ministry of Health
2017 Guidelines on Microbiological investigations, Antimicrobials and Infection preventive and control practices in Stem cell transplantation
2017 National strategic plan for combating antimicrobial resistance in Sri Lanka 2017 - 2022, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and WHO

(It is gratefully acknowledged that some information included in the article titled “Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists – A brief history” Compiled by Professor Lalitha Mendis, Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne and Dr. Ranjith Perera which was published in the Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists – December 1996, and a document titled “Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists – A brief history – 2004 – 2015” compiled by  Dr. Primali Jayasekera, Dr. Pavithri Bandara and Dr. Surani Udugama)

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