Vac­cine Fo­rum’s 9th an­nual Sym­po­sium

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - HEALTH -

The Vac­cine Fo­rum of Sri Lanka will hold its 9th an­nual Sym­po­sium on Vac­cines on Oc­to­ber 7 at the New Lec­ture Hall of the Colombo Med­i­cal Fac­ulty on Kynsey Road.

While the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Health Ser­vices, Dr. Anil Jas­inghe will be the Chief Guest, the WHO Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Sri Lanka, Dr. Razia Pendse will be the Guest-of-Hon­our at this half­day sym­po­sium open to all med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, nurses and paramed­i­cal per­son­nel to up­date them­selves on re­cent de­vel­op­ments in vac­ci­na­tions.

Ses­sion 1 of the sym­po­sium will in­clude ‘An end to hu­man ra­bies deaths; Are we on the right track?’ by Dr. D. Ku­maras­inghe (Con­sul­tant Virol­o­gist, Med­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute, Colombo); ‘Re­cent ad­vances in Ja­panese B En­cephali­tis vac­cine’ by Dr. Su­mit Sri­vas­tava from Sanofi Pas­teur, In­dia; and a joint ses­sion on ‘Di­ag­no­sis and man­age­ment of ana­phy­laxis’ by Prof. Nee­lika Malav­ige (Pro­fes­sor in Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, Univer­sity of Sri Jayewar­denepura) and Dr. Danushka Dasanayake (Con­sul­tant Im­mu­nol­o­gist, Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal, Kandy).

Ses­sion II will in­clude ‘Im­mu­niza­tion in chronic res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases’ by Dr. Kirthi Gu­nasek­era (Se­nior Con­sul­tant Res­pi­ra­tory Physi­cian, Colombo); ‘Na­tional Im­mu­niza­tion Pro­gramme in pri­mary care -- Learn­ing from his­tory to a fu­ture’ by Dr. Prasad Liyan­age (Re­gional Epi­demi­ol­o­gist, Ka­lu­tara); and ‘Univer­sal in­fluenza vac­cine -- Fal­lacy or re­al­ity’ by Dr. Jude Jayamaha (Con­sul­tant Med­i­cal Virol­o­gist, Na­tional In­fluenza Cen­tre, Med­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute, Colombo).

The reg­is­tra­tion fee is Rs. 500 for mem­bers and Rs. 1,000 for non-mem­bers. Reg­is­tra­tion will com­mence at 8 a.m. at the venue.

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