Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

WHO appreciates Lanka efforts for stopping mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Syphilis

Colombo, Dec 11 (BAN/ AD): As Sri Lanka has achieved elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia has congratulated Sri Lanka.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia said “Sri Lanka’s achievement once again demonstrates the country’s commitment to public health and builds on the strong foundation of primary health care services that it laid several decades ago.”

Since 2017 Sri Lanka has not reported any case of mother-to-child transmission and its congenital syphilis cases has consistently been two per 100 000 live births. In November 2019 Sri Lanka was validated for elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia also said “I would like to particularly commend the health workers for their persistent efforts which have hugely contributed to Sri Lanka achieving EMTCT.”

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