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Private hospital charges to be regulated – Minister

The government is now in the process of regulating private hospital bills because most private hospital charges are exorbitant, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr Rajitha Senaratne said.   ” I have given the task of preparing an audit report to a leading audit firm and its report …

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40 percent males and 2.4 percent females consume alcohol

Surveys have revealed that 40% males and 2.4 percent  females in the country drink alcohol.   Mental Health Director of the Health Ministry Dr. Chitramali de Silva said it had also been revealed the females who consumed alcohol were above 15 years.   About 10% of the youth were addicted …

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Rs 28 billion worth health projects next year

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says the government will invest Rs 28 billion next year to develop the health sector. Addressing a meeting at the Veediya Bandara Vidyalaya in Morapitiya recently, the Minister said that already the cabinet has approved these projects and will be submitted for next year’s budget. …

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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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