Written by Nathasha De Alwis
23 Nov, 2017 | 3:24 pm
An honour titled “Healthcare Innovation of the Year” at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) South Asia Award 2107, was won by the Neonatal Transport Project which was carried out by Dr. Ramya de Silva, Senior Consultant Pediatrician at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo.
The award was presented to Dr. Ramya de Silva by the chief guest for the awards, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, the Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the ceremony which was held at Hotel Shangri-la, New Delhi, India on November 18, 2017.
“This 4th edition of the BMJ awards has become bigger than previous editions, with 2015 nominations from across the region. We had to do the hard task of shortlisting 30 finalists and eventually select 13 winners in different categories. The work done by all of them are of the highest standards and innovative in approach, that eventually makes a positive impact on the lives of many a people,” said the Editor in Chief of the BMJ, Dr. Fiona Godlee.
The project was initiated by Dr. de Silva has now become a national programme. Sri Lanka is known to be as the first country in Asia to have a neonatal transport service at national level. The Ministry of Health has incorporated the neonatal transport service as a way forward to reduce the neonatal deaths that contribute to 75.1% of deaths that occur under the age of 5 years.
Dr. Ramya de Silva was recently named as a Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, United Kingdom in Recognition recognition of outstanding contribution to children. She was the President of the Sri Lanka College of Pediatricians (2015/2016), President of the Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka (2012/2013) and the Founder President of the Neonatal Transport Forum of Sri Lanka.
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