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Doctors to launch token strike tomorrow

Government doctors will launch a one-day token strike from 8.00am tomorrow (17), the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said. The trade union action has been planned in order to protest against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between Sri Lanka and Singapore. The 24-hour strike will be carried out at …

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GMOA to launch island-wide strike on May 17

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has decided to launch an island-wide 24-hour strike action on May 17. Addressing a media conference held today (11), GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge said the strike action will be held as a protest against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed with Singapore, proposed Economic …

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Cuba to help Sri Lanka

Cuba has come forward to assist in the improvement of Sri Lanka’s health service. The promise came during a meeting minister Rajitha Senaratne had with the Cuban public health minister.

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An aptitude test

Foreign doctors who hope to practise in Sri Lanka will have to face an aptitude test, says the GMOA. Secretary of its Galle branch Dr. Manjula Soyza has made the announcement.

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MSG becomes pesticide

Government doctors allege that following the ban imposed on glyphosates, the MSGs are now being used as pesticides. GMOA’s Dr. Prasad Kolambage revealed this to the media in Colombo yesterday. He said the MSGs were having an adverse impact on the brain activities of small children.

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Doctors strike in eastern province

A token strike by doctors disrupted clinical and OPD activities at 123 government hospitals in the eastern province today. Admissions, emergency surgeries and treatment of in-house patients continued.

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SL targets pharmaceuticals self-sufficiency with new zone

Efforts to increase domestic and foreign investment in Sri Lanka’s pharmaceuticals industry is set to boost output, Oxford Business Group (OBG) said in its recent Sri Lanka economic update.   OBG said latest measures will also broaden the sector’s product range, bringing the country closer to the government’s goal of …

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Protect your eyes

The general public should wear sunglasses when they are outside to minimize damage caused by the glare and the heat to their eyes, Deputy Director of the Colombo Eye Hospital, Dr. Mohammad Rifan says.   He said: “The prevailing scorching weather can be harmful to the eyes and many people …

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GMOA complains of move to amend Medical Ordinance

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne was under pressure from some NGOs to amend the Medical Ordinance and restructure the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to suit their sinister agendas, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) charged yesterday.   GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told the media that a senior journalist …

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Health Minister orders SLMC to stop its election

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne in a letter sent to the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has ordered to stop proceedings in the current election of members to the council stating that there would be legal implications. In a letter dated March 23, the minister had stated that he had received …

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