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Sri Lanka eliminated malaria – Rajitha

In 2008, the last case of indigenous malaria-related death was reported in Sri Lanka. The National Strategic Plan was developed with the aim of achieving malaria elimination within a time-bound framework to reach zero local transmission by 2014. Since Sri Lanka was declared malaria-free on Sept. 5, the country has …

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Shocking 177,423 dengue cases so far this year

Director General Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe yesterday disclosed that the total number of dengue cases recorded from January to December 12 this year had reached a colossal 177,423 while the dengue death toll for the whole year was 420.   From January to December last year the number of …

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Food security will be maintained at any cost – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that food security will be maintained at any cost, despite the adverse weather conditions.   Agricultural production had been affected with essentials such as rice , vegetables and coconuts badly affected, Wickremesinghe said on Friday.   Assuring that ample food supplies would be ensured, he …

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19-storeyed nursing faculty will be opened soon

The first ever Nursing Faculty, affiliated to the University of Colombo, will be opened on December 20 by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Sri Jayewardenepura hospital premises.   Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne told parliament yesterday that the Nursing Faculty comprised a 19- storeyed fully fledged building and another …

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Sterilized, vaccinated dogs sedated and dumped

To complement the National Dog Sterilization Programme, Animal Welfare Organizations like KACPAW (Kandy Association for Community Protection through Animal Welfare), together with state institutions like the Municipal Councils carry out mass sterilization of dogs using their own money and get these animals mass vaccinated against rabies as well. As an …

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Delay in gazetting new licence fees worries pharmacy owners

The All-Island Private Pharmacy Owners’ Association (AIPPOA) yesterday said some of its members were in a dilemma as the amended licence fee had not been gazetted yet.   AIPPOA Chairman Chandika Gankanda said about 1,500 members of the association were waiting for the renewals of their licenses in keeping with …

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Dr.Anil Jasinghe appointed as Director General of Health Services

Dr.Anil Jasinghe has been appointed as the Director General of Health Services by the Minister of health Rajitha Senaratne. Dr.Jasinghe will officially assume duties as the new Director General following his formal appointment on Wednesday (29). Dr. Anil Jasinghe has obtained his primary education from the Mahinda College Galle and …

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Alarming increase in abuse of medicinal drugs – NMRA

Chief Food and Drug Inspector of the National Medicine Regulatory Authority (NMRA), Amith Perera, yesterday said the number of medicinal drug abuse cases filed from January till October 31 had increased to 46. Last year there were 28 cases from January to December.   Perera said the NMRA had been …

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