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Health Ministry claims drastic drop in dengue

Around 4,900 dengue patients had been reported from January 1 to 27, health ministry officials said.   However, it was a drastic decrease compared to the corresponding period last year, community physician at the National Dengue Eradication Unit, Dr. Prasheela Samaraweera said. “In January 2017, we received 10,927 cases. The …

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Private hospitals to be regulated from Feb.04

Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said on Saturday that he will commence regulating private hospitals in the country from Feb 4 come what may.   Addressing a ceremony to mark the laying of a foundation stone for a nine-storeyed ward complex at a cost of Rs …

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Pictorial warning on cigarette pack to be further simplified

Steps will be taken to further simplify pictorial warnings on cigarette packets the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) announced. Chairman of NATA Dr. Palitha Abeykoon said the proposal has already been submitted to the cabinet. “Although there was a drop in the cigarette consumption, statistics show that about …

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PET scanner for Maharagama Cancer Hospital arrives

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says the PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scanner purchased for the Maharagama Apeksha Cancer Hospital has been brought to the country by air freight. The PET Scanner was purchased from German company Siemens, a world leader in medical technology for Rs. …

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Two more medical faculties to expand higher education

The University Grants Commission says two more faculties of medicine will be established paving the way forward for further expansion of higher education in the country. Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Mohan de Silva says that for the first time in the history of the country two medical …

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Govt plans to develop 13 hospitals with Chinese aid

With the assistance of the Government of China, 13 Sri Lankan hospitals will be developed to provide better services to the public, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne said. The Minister announced this during a special discussion held at the Ministry recently on developing the Mirigama Base …

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GMOA threatens to launch a lightning strike after Jan 22

The government doctors’ union, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday warned that they will launch an island wide lightning strike without prior warning after January 22 if the government fails to fulfill its demands within this week. Addressing a press briefing at the union’s headquarters in Colombo, yesterday, GMOA …

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GMOA warns of abrupt work stoppage after Jan.22

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today warned that it would resort to an island-wide work stoppage without prior notice after January 22, if the authorities fail to fulfill its demands within this week. Addressing a press briefing, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the decision was unanimously taken at …

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Cabinet nods approval to use Wolbachia bacteria to control dengue

Cabinet approval has been granted for the pilot project funded by Australian government to use the ‘Wolbachia’ bacteria to control dengue infection. The Monash University of Australia will provide technical assistance to carry out a field study in selected areas in Sri Lanka. Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil and Colombia have …

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Pharmacy licence renewal fee reduced

The All Island Private Pharmacy Owners Association (AIPPOA) yesterday thanked Health Minister, Dr Rajitha Senaratne for issuing the much-delayed gazette to reduce the licence renewal fees which had been hiked by the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) in June last year.   AIPPOA Chairman, Dinesh Gankanda said that the licence …

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