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Influenza would rise again towards year end

Influenza would raise its head again in November, December and January, warns Prof. Sujeewa Amarasena of Karapitiya Medical Faculty.   Prof Amarasena said that infulenza had been reported in the months of May, June, November, December and January every year during the past ten years but recently there had been …

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e-Health card for all

The Minister of Healthcare, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says an electronic health card containing all the health information of the patient will be introduced for all soon. The Minister addressing an event held to launch the Hospital Information Management System at the Castle Street Women’s Hospital in …

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Sri Lanka to remove VAT from hospital bills

Sri Lanka will remove value added tax from hospital bills from next week, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in the wake of calls by President Maithripala Sirisena also to lift the tax. Sri Lanka slammed a 15 value added tax on hospital bills while threatening price controls on private hospital …

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Infant deaths from influenza rises to 17 in the south

Two more children who were being treated at the ICU of Karapitiya Teaching Hospital for influenza, had passed away over the weekend, Hospital Director, Hospital Director Dr. Jayampathi Senanayake said. The infant deaths due to the viral fever in the Southern province have risen to 17.   Dr. Senanayake said …

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Health authorities warn of rat fever spreading

The Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) Director and Epidemiologist Dr Paba Palihawadana has warned the public to take precautions to protect themselves from Rat Fever (Leptospirosis) due to the current rainy weather, when the virus tends to spread. A total of 1,574 suspected cases of Leptospirosis have been reported to the …

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Health minister to register two foreign cancer treatment vaccines

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said he was in the process of registering two new foreign cancer treatment vaccines with National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) despite the controversial Taxacad also known as ‘Hearticad’ cancer treatment vaccine which is already available in Sri Lanka. The Russian vaccine ‘Hearticad’ which was brought …

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Viral fever engulfing South claims 15th infant victim

Infant deaths due to the viral fever in the Southern province in recent weeks had risen to 15 by Sunday, health officials there revealed yesterday. The Medical Research Institute said that the Influenza A virus had caused the deaths. On Sunday night an infant undergoing treatment at the ICU of …

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Influenza vaccine not available at govt hospitals – Actg. DG

Acting Director General of Health Services Dr. Sarath Amunugama says that currently government hospitals do not provide the influenza virus vaccines. Speaking at a press conference held at the Health Education Bureau (HEB), he also said that adequate rest is as important as medical treatment for those suffering from a …

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