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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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Docs urge govt not to lift ban on glyphosate

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday urged the government not to lift the ban on glyphosate. GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the present government had imposed the ban on the harmful weedicide on account of the increasing incidence of the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which had become a …

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Docs reiterate there is still no contraceptive pills for males

A medical consultant yesterday stressed that western medicine was yet to discover a pill or injection which could cause permanent infertility among men or women.   Addressing the media at the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA), Consultant Physician Upul Dissanayake said that the pharmaceutical industry was researching to produce a …

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Some pvt hospital charges regulated

The Health Ministry yesterday pledged to issue a gazette notification regulating 53 types of fees charged by private hospitals within two weeks.   Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said the gazette would be issued to regulate the maximum charges of 53 out of 193 types of charges levied by private …

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Cabinet approval sought to get health services released from VAT

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne is reportedly preparing to submit a Cabinet paper to get all health services released from VAT (Value Added Tax). The Health Minister has instructed the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe to make the cabinet memorandum yesterday. The …

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There are no pills to sterilise men

There was no pill that could cause permanent sterility in humans, Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe said yesterday, issuing a media statement.   The only way to sterilise a person, according to western medical science, was surgery, he said, commenting on the recent debate on whether sterility …

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Cause of 35 per cent of perinatal deaths not identified

President, Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka, Consultant Community Physician, Dr Kapiala Jayaratne, yesterday said that annually 48,000 miscarriages and an average of 3,250 perinatal deaths occurred in Sri Lanka.   Addressing the media, at a seminar conducted in view of ‘World Birth Defects Day,’ at the Health Promotion Bureau, Dr …

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