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About 2,766 HIV positive cases detected

Dr. Dharshanie Mallikaratne yesterday said at a clinic conducted by the Sabaragamus Provincial Council that there were 2,766 HIV positive patients in the country and 126 of them had been identified from the Ratnapura and Kegalle Districts.   She said the Health Services Department of the Provincial Council had subjected …

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Health Minister explains 5% price hike in medicines

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne today explained the reason to increase the prices of medicines in the market by five percent. According to Dr. Senaratne, the importers of pharmaceuticals had requested to increase their prices by 5 percent as they are incurring losses due to …

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Rajitha to net 30,000 quacks

Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said that there were around 30,000 quacks practising medicine in the country.   Dr. Senaratne said that the ministry has received information of such bogus doctors operating dispensaries and treatment centers countrywide and that he sought the assistance of the …

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Grace period to register for private medical institutions

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne yesterday extended the grace period given to all private sector health institutions to register with the Health Ministry’s Private Sector Regulatory Unit (PHRU).   Dr. Senaratne, participating in discussions at the Health Ministry, on a report submitted by KPMG International, a world leader in audit, …

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Sri Lanka eliminated malaria – Rajitha

In 2008, the last case of indigenous malaria-related death was reported in Sri Lanka. The National Strategic Plan was developed with the aim of achieving malaria elimination within a time-bound framework to reach zero local transmission by 2014. Since Sri Lanka was declared malaria-free on Sept. 5, the country has …

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Shocking 177,423 dengue cases so far this year

Director General Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe yesterday disclosed that the total number of dengue cases recorded from January to December 12 this year had reached a colossal 177,423 while the dengue death toll for the whole year was 420.   From January to December last year the number of …

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Food security will be maintained at any cost – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that food security will be maintained at any cost, despite the adverse weather conditions.   Agricultural production had been affected with essentials such as rice , vegetables and coconuts badly affected, Wickremesinghe said on Friday.   Assuring that ample food supplies would be ensured, he …

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19-storeyed nursing faculty will be opened soon

The first ever Nursing Faculty, affiliated to the University of Colombo, will be opened on December 20 by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Sri Jayewardenepura hospital premises.   Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne told parliament yesterday that the Nursing Faculty comprised a 19- storeyed fully fledged building and another …

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Sterilized, vaccinated dogs sedated and dumped

To complement the National Dog Sterilization Programme, Animal Welfare Organizations like KACPAW (Kandy Association for Community Protection through Animal Welfare), together with state institutions like the Municipal Councils carry out mass sterilization of dogs using their own money and get these animals mass vaccinated against rabies as well. As an …

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