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Viral disease in South

All preschools in the Southern Province will remain closed this week while the primary section of other schools situated in the areas where the disease is spreading will be closed for two-days from tomorrow because of an unidentified disease spreading in the Province, Provincial Education Ministry said. Provincial Education Secretary Y. Wickramasiri said …

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Countrywide docs strike today over FTAs

Declaring a 24 hour countrywide strike commencing 8 am today (May 17) against Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) and a move to finalise Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) yesterday alleged that President Maithripala Sirisena hadn’t responded to their call for …

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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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