President Maithripala Sirisena received the Award for Excellence in Public Health - 2016.
The Award was established to recognize outstanding leadership and exceptional achievements in public health.
Dr. Poonam Khetrapal, Regional Director of WHO, who presented the award said that this prestigious honour was being presented to President Maithripala Sirisena for his exceptional contributions towards strengthening Health services in Sri Lanka especially in Tobacco control, drugs regulation, health of migrants, and control of kidney disease.
The presentation took place at a function held at the President's House in Colombo last evening.
Concurrently, WHO's 69th Session of the Regional Committee for South East Asia was held in Colombo with Delegates from 14 countries in attendance.