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* Sri Lanka Health Minister to decide on the resumption of rubella vaccination programme
Wed, Mar 10, 2010, 08:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Health and Nutrition Nimal Siripala de Silva is to deliver the recommendations regarding the administration of rubella vaccine after studying the reports of the relevant committees.

The administration of rubella vaccine came to an abrupt halt a second time following the death of the 13-year-old school girl in Wariyapola last October. Vaccination had been suspended for several months following the first rubella death occurred in March 2009.

The reports on the investigations conducted by three independent committees recognized by the Ministry of Health on the death of a 13-year-old school girl in Wariyapola, Kurunegala following the administration of Rubella vaccine have been now handed over to the Minister.

An Australian government laboratory facility in Canberra, Investigations Unit of the Health Ministry and the local medical experts conducted the investigations on the rubella vaccine and submitted reports.

A committee of experts, headed by Consultant Pediatrician and Professor of Colombo Medical Faculty, Dr. Manori Senanayake handed the committee's report to the Director General of Health Services Ajith Mendis on Monday (08). They took over four months to compile the report. The other members of the team included: Consultant Specialist in Vaccination, Dr. Rajiva de Silva, Judicial Specialist, Dr. Ananda Samarasekara, Assistant Epidemiology Specialist, Dr. Sriyani Dissanayake, and Dr. N. Ekanayaka.

Despite allegations regarding the quality of the vaccine, the Ministry of Health and the WHO held that the vaccine produced by WHO recommended Serum Institute in India was up to standards.

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