Oct 21, Colombo: The Dengue Prevention Programme launched in the Colombo district of the Western Province has won the first place in the Commonwealth Digital Health Conference, according to the Deputy Health Director of the Western Province Anil Samaranayake.
Digital Health Sri Lanka 2017, 2nd Commonwealth Digital Health Conference and the 2nd Commonwealth Digital Health Awards Ceremony 2017 were held from October 10 - 12 Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
The Deputy Health Director said the Dengue Prevention Programme will be expanded to the Kalutara and Gampaha districts of the Western Province as well.
Under this digital health system the Western Province Health Office could be notified electronically as soon as a blood test report of a patient complaining of fever shows as "dengue positive". Once the notification is received the dengue eradication officers will be directed to the patientís residence to commence dengue control activities in and around the area.
The Commonwealth Digital Health awards is being conducted for the second time after its successful launch at the 24th Triennial Conference of the Commonwealth Medical Association in 2016. A panel of internationally recognized experts adjudicated this year's awards in several thematic areas including Adolescent health, Communicable diseases, Non-communicable diseases, Reproductive Health, and Nutrition