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Slight decrease in dengue cases

Dr. Hasitha Tissera, Director, National Dengue Control Unit, says a slight decrease in the number of reported dengue cases has been observed so far in this month in comparison to last month. Since the 1st January of this year, 90,865 suspected dengue cases have been reported from all over the …

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National dengue mosquito eradication program today

The second phase of the national mosquito eradication program under the theme “Let’s start ourselves – Join to eradicate dengue” will commence from the Western Province today. The program will be implemented in several Medical Officers of Health Officers Division in the Western Province with the assistance of community organizations. …

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2% tax on land hosting dengue breeding sites

The government on Monday said it would impose a new tax on abandoned lands in the Western Province to help curb the spread of dengue fever, which has claimed 225 lives. Chief Minister of the Western Province Isuru Dewapriya said a 2 percent tax would be charged on the total …

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Sri Lanka’s first heart transplant surgery successful

Sri Lanka’s first heart transplant surgery was conducted successfully at the Kandy General Hospital, state media reported. Director of the Kandy General Hospital Saman Ratnayake said the heart transplant was done for a 43 year old female patient from Anuradhapura area. The heart of a 24 year old brain dead …

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Private hospitals ignore government request

Several private hospitals are ignoring the Govt’s call to lower charges for blood reports in the light of the raging dengue. They have arbitrarily reverted to the earlier rates charged for blood reports as of this week. Recently, private hospitals slashed the fee charged for a full blood count (FBC), …

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GMOA to inform embassies regarding certain ministers

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) says that it will hand over letters to all embassies in the country with regard to the arbitrary actions of certain ministers in the present government. Dr. Naveen de Soyza of the GMOA said that a nation-wide protest campaign has been planned over the …

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Tobacco sales decline by 46 percent

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that the sale of cigarettes has decreased by 46 percent due to the steps taken by the government to increase taxes on tobacco products. The Minister made this comment while participating in a national program to set up health clinics to educate schoolchildren …

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