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GMOA urges President to probe government takeover of NFTH

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday appealed to President Maithripala Sirisena to initiate a thorough investigation into the government takeover of the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH).   In a letter to President Sirisena, President, Dr Anuruddha Padeniya and its Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge have said neither their union …

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New pricing formula for medicinal drugs

The government will consider a five percent hike in the price of pharmaceuticals, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senarathne told the industry representatives at a recent meeting. The Minister has said that the Ministry together with the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) will introduce a price …

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Dengue epidemic under control-Health Minister

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that steps were being taken to eliminate Dengue and the number of Dengue patients is reducing daily. He said the Dengue ward at National Hospital was closed from 7th August. The additional wards at Negombo Hospital which were taken over to admit dengue …

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Health Minister promises to reduce prices of more drugs

Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne yesterday pledged to further implement the Senaka Bibile Drug Policy by reducing the prices of more medicinal drugs.   Having issued the gazette notification reducing the price of stents used in heart surgery from Friday (04) midnight, Senaratne was aiming at reducing more drug prices. …

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Stent prices reduced

Stent used in heart surgeries reduced from today.Bare-metal type from Rs 75000 to Rs 24000, Drug -eluting stent Rs 350000 to Rs 105000, Health Ministry sources said.

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High global demand for Ayurveda – Daya

Noting that the world market has a high demand worth 120 billion dollars for Ayurvedic drugs, primary industries minister Daya Gamage says production should be raised to win that market. The minister was speaking at an entrepreneur development workshop this morning (03) at the ministry for students of the institute …

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Another mosquito control programme from tomorrow

The Health Ministry yesterday said it would launch a three-day mosquito control programme from Thursday (03) to minimise the increase in the insect density due to intermittent rains.   Ministry Spokesman, Prasanna Adhikari said the number of dengue patients had topped 115,605 while the death toll had risen from 301 …

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Minimum standard of medical education to be gazetted

Minimum standards of the Medical education in Sri Lanka will be gazetted in two weeks, the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said addressing a ceremony in Galle on Monday. The Minister today laid the foundation stone to build a five-storied building at Nurses College in …

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About 8,000 cases of dengue reported weekly – Expert

Community Physician, National Dengue Control Programme (NDP), Dr Nimalka Pannilahetti yesterday said the number of dengue cases in the country from the beginning of the year to date had reached a startling 105,000 while the number of dengue deaths had topped 300.   Addressing a media workshop on ‘Dengue Prevention, …

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Dengue cases up by 6.2 p.c in Kandy

Spread of Dengue in Kandy has not eased instead it has increased by 6.2 per cent, disclosed Central Province Epidemiologist Dr. Samera Liyanage at the monthly meeting of the Kandy district Co-ordinating Committee on Monday (24).   Dengue cases in the Central province as recorded had risen to 6337 in …

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