By Robert Herriman  @bactiman63

Elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis

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Sri Lanka health officials report that the country is planning to obtain validation certificate by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a country which has eliminated mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis, according to the government news source.

Sri Lanka is among the front line countries that had effectively controlled the spread of HIV/ AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases like Syphilis and Gonorrhea, by spread of the three diseases keeping in about .02% a year , according to Dr. Lilani Rajapaksa, National Coordinator, of the ‘Project to Prevent Transmission of HIV and Syphilis from Mother to Child’ .

“Mothers who are infected with either with HIV or syphilis infection are provided with treatment and other necessary services during pregnancy, delivery and even after delivery by the government, assuring privacy and confidentiality,” she said.

Dengue update

Through June 18, Sri Lankan health officials have reported more than 22,000 dengue fever cases since the beginning of the year.

Colombo has seen more than 4700 cases to lead all districts, followed by Gampaha (2847) and Jaffna (1928).