Dr.P.A.Dinesh Coonghe - MBBS (Jaffna), DCH (Colombo), MSc (Colombo), MD Community Medicine (Colombo)

Senior Lecturer (Grade ll)
Email 1: padcoonghe@univ.jfn.ac.lk Email 2: padcoonghe@gmail.com Mobile: +94773153617

    Current Post

    • Head & Senior Lecturer, Department of Community and Family Medicine, 
    • Board certified Consultant Community Physician

    Prior Posts 

    • Regional Epidemiologist Mannar;
    • Medical Officer of Health Murunkan Mannar;
    • Medical officer DGH Mannar;
    • Medical officer TH Kandy.

    Other concurrent positions:

    • Treasurer, The Alumni, Faculty of Medicine, Jaffna (2020), 

    • Assistant General Secretary, Jaffna Science Association (2019/2020) 

    • Secretary, Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna (2020-)

    • Project Manager, WHO supported ‘Jaffna Healthy City Initiative’

    Conference publications and abstracts:

    1. Kathryn L. Hale1, Lauren C. Zalla, Thavachchelvi Rasan, Elissa Scherer, Truls Østbye, Pethirupillai Amal Dinesh Coonghe, Rajendra Surenthirakumaran, Joanna Maselko1,(2020); Grandparenting Activities and Mental Health in Sri Lanka; poster presentation at annual conference of Population Association of America

    2. Pethirupillai Amal Dinesh Coonghe, Pushpa Fonseka, Sampasivamoorthy Sivayogan, Ajantha Keshavaraj, Rahul Malhotra, Truls Ostbye (2020); Adaptation and Validation of the Tamil (Sri Lanka) Version of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment; Kesmas: National Public Health Journal 2020; 15 (2): 86-91;DOI: 10.21109/kesmas.v15i2.3268

    3. Pethirupillai A.D. Coonghe, S. Sobitha, K. Thashika, T. Mythili, S. Sivayokan (2019); Coping pattern and related selected factors among parents of children with autism attending to a special school in Northern Sri Lanka; Poster presentation at 51st  Asia Pascific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) at Bangkok, Thailand. https://www.ph.mahidol.ac.th/apacph2019/APACPH_Programme_Book_191120.pdf
    4. Pethirupillai A.D. Coonghe, M.N. Safwaan, A. Piraveen, S.M. Ihran, S. Sivathas (2019); Influence of socio-demographic factors on Emotional Quotient of 1st year undergraduates in university of Jaffna, Sri Lanka; Poster presentation at 51st  Asia Pascific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) at Bangkok, Thailand. https://www.ph.mahidol.ac.th/apacph2019/APACPH_Programme_Book_191120.pdf
    5. S Aravinthan, S Arulbavan, S Atchuthai, S Sivathas, Pethirupillai AD Coonghe (2019); Association between social media networks usage and sleep quality among 12th grade school students in an educational zone in Jaffna Northern Sri Lanka; Poster presentation at 51st  Asia Pascific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) at Bangkok, Thailand. https://www.ph.mahidol.ac.th/apacph2019/APACPH_Programme_Book_191120.pdf
    6. S Arunaa, R Kulanthaivel, K Sharmatha, G Bavani, Pethirupillai AD Coonghe (2019); Influence of socio demographic, health and economic factors on health seeking behavior among secondary sub fertile mothers in a health division of Northern Sri Lanka; Poster presentation at 51st  Asia Pascific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) at Bangkok, Thailand. https://www.ph.mahidol.ac.th/apacph2019/APACPH_Programme_Book_191120.pdf
    7. G Shiyama, PAD Coonghe, L Kamalaruban (2019); Maternal satisfaction with postpartum care provided by the area midwives and its associated factors among mothers’ in Nallur MOH area; Oral presentation at 12th International Research Conference at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University of Sri Lanka.
    8. Sribalakumaran R, Pratheepan P, Coonghe P A D, Sathiadas G (2019); The pattern of quality of life and the influence of socio-demographic factors among patients following clinics for Rheumatic fever at Teaching Hospital, Jaffna; Oral Presentation at  Sri Lanka Heart Association Annual Academic Sessions, Colombo.
    9. Ayinkaran V, Kamlaruban L, Coonghe P A D, Ragupathy A (2019);Knowledge on Management of snake bites and factors influencing on it among nursing officers working in government hospitals of Jaffna district; Oral presentation at South Asia conference on Multidisciplinary Research 2019 Colombo Sri Lanka.
    10. Kalamathy Murugananthan, Pethirupillai A. D. Coonghe, Natkunam Ketheesan, Faseeha Noordeen (2018); Comparison of a rapid immuno-chromatography assay with a standard ELISA for the detection of IgM and IgG antibodies against dengue viruses; Virus Disease 9:28 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13337-018-0440-
    11. Coonghe P A D , Fonseka P, Masealko J, Ostbye T (2018); The experience of living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) among the elderly in Northern Sri Lanka; Oral presentation at 50th Asia Pascific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
    12. Coonghe P A  D, Surenthirakumaran R, Kumaran S, Sivarajah N (2018); Relationship between mental health status and the cognitive performance among the adolescents in Northern Sri Lanka; Oral presentation at 50th Asia Pascific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
    13. Thanujanan K, Kamalruban L, Thabotharan D, Coonghe P A D  (2018);Quality of Life and Its Associated Factors Among Older People Living In Nallur Divisional Secretariat, Jaffna District, Sri Lanka; Poster Presentation at the International Nursing Congress at University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka in April 2018
    14. Ekanayake JMSEB, Thabotharan D, Kamalaruban L, Coonghe P A D (2017); Knowledge On Neonatal Care And Its Associated Socio-Demographic Factors Among Third Trimester Pregnant Mothers In Nallur Moh Area; Poster presentation at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions (iPURSE2017)
    15. Murugananthan K, Coonghe P A D, Kethesan N and Noordeen F (2017); Utility Of A Rapid Immunochromatography Assay For The Detection Of Anti-Denv IgM and IgG; Poster presentation at Peradeniya University International Research Sessions (iPURSE2017)
    16. Coonghe P A D, Fonseka P, Kesavaraj A, Sivayogan S, Malhotra R, Ostbye T (2017); Adaptation And Validation Of The Tamil (Sri Lanka) Version Of The MoCA; Oral presentation at 3rd Academic Sessions of Sri Lanka Association of Geriatric Medicine at Colombo
    17. Nandakumara W G R M S, Thabotharan D, Kamalarupan L, Coonghe P A D (2017). Factors influencing on quality of work – life of the nurses working in Teaching Hospital Jaffna.  Oral presentation at 10th International Research Conference at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University of Sri Lanka.
    18. Raj Renusius R, Thabotharan D, Dinesh Coonghe P A (2016). Knowledge, attitude and practice on health education among nursing students at College of Nursing, Jaffna. Oral presentation at 9th International Research Conference at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University of Sri Lanka
    19. Kandiah Guruparan, Muhunthan K, Coonghe P A D (2016).Clinical audit on effect of staff education on intra partum analgesic practice. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.Vol.38 (suppl.1)
    20. Vinotha Y, Manojini P, Coonghe P A D, Somasundaram D (2016). Self-esteem and its relation to depression among institutionalized elders in Jaffna district. Oral presentation at 2nd Jaffna University International Research Conference (JUICE)
    21. Romini N, Coonghe P A D, Muhunthan K, Sivananthini U, (2016). Relationship between the umbilical cord diameter and anthropometric measurements of the term newborns in Jaffna peninsula – a preliminary study. Oral Presentation at 2nd Jaffna University International Research Conference (JUICE).
    22. Pratheepan P, Sribalakumaran R, Coonghe P A D & Sathiadas G (2016). The pattern of quality of life and the influence of socio demographic factors among patients diagnosed with rheumatic fever following clinics at Teaching Hospital, Jaffna. Jaffna Medical Association Annual Academic Sessions & Joint Academic Meeting with International Medical Health Organization.
    23. Arunath V, Gnanasekar B, Coonghe P A D, Sathiadas M G (2016). Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to chronic childhood urinary tract infections among care givers of patients with urinary tract infections – a single center experience. Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary International Scientific Conference. Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya,2016: 111:  Uri: Http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12920
    24. Aravinthan V, Roshiban R, Dinesh Coonghe P A, Nanthakumaran K (2015). Indications, clinical, socio demographic and time factors associated with transfer of patients from peripheral hospitals to medical wards, Teaching Hospital, Jaffna – Jaffna Medical Association- Annual Academic Session
    25. Joshua Rahuvinthan T, Sivakaran T ,Coonghe P A D , Kumaran S (2015). Pattern and common influencing factors of fall among elders in state run elders home in northern Sri Lanka. 47th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Conference- Oral Presentation (Held in Bandung Indonesia October 2015)
    26. Coonghe P A D, Prof. Pushpa Fonseka, Dr. N. Sivarajah (2015). Prevalence of mild cognitive impairment and its socio demographic correlates among elders in northern Sri Lanka. 47th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for public Health Conference – Oral Presentation (Held in Bandung Indonesia October 2015).
    27.  Arunath V, Gnanasekar B, Coonghe P A D, Sathiadas M G (2014).  Knowledge attitude and practices related to childhood UTI among careers of UTI patients – a single center experience. Jaffna Medical Association 12 December -14th December 2014. (Oral Presentation) Page No: 31.    
    28.  Jey Krishna K, Abiramie R, Coonghe P A D, Mukunthan K (2014).  Knowledge and practices of routine maternal medications during pre – conception, ante natal, post natal periods and influencing factors among the lactating mothers up to six month in Nallur MOH area. Jaffna Medical Association 12th December -14th December 2014 (Oral Presentation) Page No: 33.
    29.  Sarannija S, Jenane J, Coonghe P A D , Ambalavanar A (2014). Prevalence of MRSA, usage of antibiotics and their ABST patterns among pre – operative elective patients in general surgical wards of Teaching Hospital , Jaffna. Jaffna Medical Association 12 December -14th December 2014. (Oral Presentation) Page No: 41
    30. Jayanthan N, Raviraj S, Coonghe P A D, Ragavan T (2014). Comparison study of open appendectomy and laparoscopic appendectomy in a single surgical unit at Teaching Hospital, Jaffna. Jaffna Medical Association 12 December -14th December 2014. (Oral Presentation) Page No: 55. 
    31.  Romini N, Coonghe P A D, Muhunthan K, Sivananthini U, (2014). Comparison of birth weight and umbilical cord diameter of male and female newborns; Poster Presentation: figo – safog – slcog  Colombo
    32. Vimalashanthan A, Devanesan V, Dinesh Coonghe P A, (2014). Knowledge and practice towards cardio pulmonary resuscitation among the nurses working in teaching hospital Jaffna. Oral presentation at 3rd Conference of the South East Asian Regional Association of Medical Education and 2nd Conference of the Forum of Sri Lankan Medical Educationists at Colombo.
    33.  Thabitha Jebaseeli Hoole, Sermila Thiyagaraja, Coonghe P A D, Thiyahini S. Navaratinarajah (2014). Mothers self – medicating pattern and associated factors on children under the age  of 2 years in Nallur MOH area. Jaffna Medical Association 12 December -14th December 2014. (Oral Presentation) Page No: 34.
    34. Sriskandarajah M H, Coonghe P A D, Sivaswamy B, Sivayokan S (2014). Psychological impact of social network sites and related socioeconomic factors leading to its dependence among the medical students studying at Jaffna Medical Faculty, Sri Lanka. 11th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference 15th of January – 19th of   January   held in Singapore
    35. Arani Krishnakumar, Dyana Vijeyaratnam, Thirumagal Sivashanker, Coonghe PAD (2013). Pattern and factors influencing cessation of breast feeding among mothers in a MOH area of Northern Sri Lanka. 13th Scientific Meeting of Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition December 06th & 07th 2013 OP (Oral Presentation)
    36. Surenthirakumaran R, Coonghe P A D, Kumaran S, Arulnesan A, Dela Bandara R A (2013). Knowledge, attitude and practices regarding nutrition in a newly resettled population in Northern Province Sri Lanka. College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka 39th Annual Academic Sessions 10th November 2013
    37. Balachandran Gajalaksan ,Sundaralingam Lija ,Pethirupillai A D Coonghe ,Thirumaran ,Nadarajah Sivarajah (2013). Prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea risk and related factors in public transport bus drivers in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health .The 45th Annual Conference October 24-27 (Held in Wuhan China October 2013)
    38. Ramasamy Gajenthirav, Vijayaratnam Jeyarajah , Pethirupillai A D Coonghe ,Sampasivamoorthy Sivayogan ,Nadarajah Sivarajah (2013). Prevalence of perceived stress & its influencing factors among staff of the urban area banks in Northern Sri Lanka. Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health. The 45th Annual Conference October 24-27 (Held in Wuhan, China October 2013).
    39. Fathima N M P, Mohamed A A, Coonghe P A D, Bavani G (2013). A study on maternal dietary practices during postpartum period and their influencing factors among mothers who have babies. Jaffna Medical Association Annual Scientific Sessions 25th of September – 29th September 2013 OP-(Oral Presentation).
    40. Joseph S A, Visagan S, Muhunthan K, Coonghe P A D (2013). A study on influence of pre-pregnant BMI & gestational weight gain on pregnancy outcomes among mothers admitted for delivery in Teaching Hospital Jaffna. Jaffna Medical Association Annual Scientific Sessions 25th of September-29th September OP-(Oral Presentation).
    41. Madona H S, Bhahini S, Coonghe P A D, Sivayokan S (2013). Psychological impact of social network sites and related socio economic factors leading to its dependency among the medical students studying at Jaffna Medical Faculty. Jaffna Medical Association Annual Scientific Sessions 25th of September – 29th September OP-(Oral Presentation).
    42. Kalaialagan K, Kumaran S, Coonghe PAD (2013). Prevalence of malnutrition and its influencing factors among grade-5 children in Jaffna educational division. Jaffna Medical Association Annual Scientific Sessions 25th of September – 29th September OP-(Oral Presentation).
    43. Shanmuganathan T ,Sufad M M M ,Coonghe P A D ,Nagendran K(2013). Occupational health and safety related practices & factors influencing on it on motor vehicles repair &maintained centers in the area of MOH, Nallur & Jaffna. Jaffna Medical Association Annual Scientific Sessions 25th of September-29th September (Poster presentation).
    44. Krishnakumar A ,Vijayaratnam D ,Thirumagal S ,Coonghe P A D (2013) .Study on early cessation of breast feeding in children among Nallur MOH  area . Jaffna Medical Association Annual Scientific Sessions 25th of September-29th September (Poster presentation)
    45. Coonghe P A D, Senarath U (2011).  Knowledge on common NCDs, attitudes and practices related to healthy lifestyle among adolescents in Mannar district.  16th Annual Scientific Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka held on 17th September 2011 (Oral presentation).
    1. Sri Lanka Medical Association,
    2. College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka,
    3.  Jaffna Science Association,
    4. Sri Lanka Association for Geriatric Medicine,
    5. Sri Lankan Society of Microbiology
    6. Alumni of Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna

    In-Service Training

    • Research Scholar, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham North Carolina (2016/2017)
    • Eleventh National Training Course in Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Crisis Settings, two-day programme conducted by University of Peradeniya (2013)
    • Trained as Master Trainer for Nutrition Rehabilitation Programme, conducted by Family Health Bureau and UNICEF (2009)
    • MOH training, 10 weeks at National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) Kalutara (2008)
    • Field Epidemiological Training, 2 weeks at Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health (2008)
    • Neonatal Life Support and Resuscitation Programme, one-day training session at Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo conducted by College of Paediatricians Sri Lanka (2007)
    • Lactation Management Programme, five-day programme at SLIDA conducted by Family Health Bureau (2007)

    Awards

    • Awarded best paper for oral presentation titled, “Adaptation and Validation of Tamil (Sri Lanka) version of MoCA” at 3rd Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association of Geriatric Medicine held in Colombo (2017)

     

    Professional licenses:

    • SLMC Registration No. 19388

     Selected seminars, key notes and popular talks

    • “Elderly care in Northern Sri Lanka- Opportunities & challenges,” Jaffna Science Association Annual Sessions (2018)
    • “Epidemiology of common microbiological diseases in Jaffna,” seminar for Sri Lankan Society of Microbiology (2015)
    •  “Revitalizing Primary Health Care,” keynote as Chairperson, Medical Section, Jaffna Science Association Annual Sessions (2014)
    • “Health Education for Community Empowerment,” Theme Seminar, Jaffna Science Association Annual Sessions (2013)