Rabies Treatment Unit

There were no other Medical Officers allocated for the unit other than the Medical Officer who initiated the unit. He had to work from 8.00 am to 6.00pm all seven days alone for more than three months.





Patients were registered in separate register instead of an OPD chit

arv id
arv id II

Patients were made to wear colour code bands depending on treatment to avoid mismanagement




Rabies exposure record form replaced the register with more accurate detail


Collected records occupied a lot of space inside the unit and to avoid that the Rabies Treatment Unit record room was created.


Rabies Unit was represented in Asian Rabies Expert Bureau from 2006.

WHO teams visited the Unit several times and it was highly recognized as a model unit.

The Asia Foundation named the Colombo National Hospital Rabies Unit as one of the best such units in the world.


Awards and the appreciations received by the Rabies Treatment Unit


As the time passed by a more sophisticated method of registering the patients and maintaining  records were introduced and that too was succeeded by the state of the art on line registering mechanism subsequently introduced to the unit.


With the introduction of the software based data entry system it was easy to retrieve the patient data and it helped to increase the accuracy and the efficiency of the patient follow up. In addition great deals of patient details are saved in the system which helps to find the defaulters and also to communicate with the patients when necessary.

The saved data in the system is also having an epidemiological value.

Operational Time Period

On Weekdays- 8.00am to 6.00pm

On Sunday and Public Holidays- 8.00am to 4pm

Main functions of Rabies Unit

  1. Screening and treatment ( inward and as out patients)of patients

  2. Medical training on rabies for doctors and nurses from other hospitals

    1. In house training

    2. Outreach training by visiting to other hospital upon their request

  3. Epidemiological data collection

Future Plans

In future it is planned to upgrade the software and introduce a web based data entry system. This might help to link all the Rabies Treatment Units of the country to get the patient data online from any of the Rabies Treatment Units in the country and also the staffs of the units can get the latest updates of the of Rabies Pre and Post exposure managements.

Once this system is introduced the patients will be able to log into the system with their ID and review the treatment they have received when necessary.

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