The World Health Organisation has awarded Sri Lanka two awards for the successful elimination of rubella and mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
The awards were received by Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi at the WHO office in Colombo at the 73rd WHO Regional Committee for the South East Asian Region via video conference.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus taking to Twitter congratulated Sri Lanka for eliminating rubella and mother-to-child transmission and congenital syphilis.
The last endemic cases of measles and rubella in Sri Lanka was recorded in May 2016 and March 2017 respectively.
Sri Lanka and the Maldives are the first two countries in the South Asian region to eliminate measles and rubella ahead of the 2023 target.(Newsradio)