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Rat fever raises its head again

A resurgence of leptospirosis, better known as rat fever, had gone almost unnoticed during the past five months due to the rapid spread of dengue.   The Epidemiology Unit website states that 875 cases of rat fever were reported from January till Wednesday (18). A majority being from the Ratnapura (210) followed by …

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Government policy decisions on medical education

The government announced its policy measures taken to ensure standards of medical education and freedom of education. The policy decisions were made jointly by the Ministry of Higher Educations, Highways and Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Presidential Secretariat. Compulsory basic qualifications for medical education are to be legalized …

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President summons dengue task force

President Maithripala Sirisena has summoned the presidential task force appointed to combat dengue to convene immediately to discuss means and ways to combat and control the rapidly spreading mosquito-borne disease. Anti-dengue presidential task force meeting will be held at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of the President today. According …

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GMOA asks President to intervene

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday called for a presidential intervention to revealing the government’s position on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to the Supreme Court.   GMOA Secretary Dr Naveen D. Zoysa said the union would write to the President regarding the matter seeking …

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Government to announce takeover of Neville Fernando hospital soon

Amid continuous protests against the South Asian Institution of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), the Sri Lankan Government plans to announce the takeover of the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) in Malabe soon, a Minister said. The Minister of Higher Education and Highway, Lakshman Kiriella said the necessary documents have been …

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44,623 Dengue cases reported

Since Jan. 01 upto last Friday (May 12), there had been 44,623 dengue cases reported from all districts, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health said. Ninety persons died of dengue during that period. The highest number of dengue cases (18,513) was reported from the Western Province. Anyone who …

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293 dengue victims every day

Not unexpectedly, the dengue peak season has arrived this month to coincide with the Southwest monsoon, which lasts until September, and the 92 deaths so far this year is set to surpass 97 people who perished last year. Every day 293 Sri Lankans were infected with dengue from January to …

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Govt. docs to launch indefinite strike

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) will stage a countrywide strike on May 9 unless the government resolves the crisis caused by the continuing operation of the SAITM (South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine). GMOA Secretary Dr. Naveen de Zoysa yesterday said that his association had the backing of …

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