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Delay in gazetting new licence fees worries pharmacy owners

The All-Island Private Pharmacy Owners’ Association (AIPPOA) yesterday said some of its members were in a dilemma as the amended licence fee had not been gazetted yet.   AIPPOA Chairman Chandika Gankanda said about 1,500 members of the association were waiting for the renewals of their licenses in keeping with …

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Dr.Anil Jasinghe appointed as Director General of Health Services

Dr.Anil Jasinghe has been appointed as the Director General of Health Services by the Minister of health Rajitha Senaratne. Dr.Jasinghe will officially assume duties as the new Director General following his formal appointment on Wednesday (29). Dr. Anil Jasinghe has obtained his primary education from the Mahinda College Galle and …

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Alarming increase in abuse of medicinal drugs – NMRA

Chief Food and Drug Inspector of the National Medicine Regulatory Authority (NMRA), Amith Perera, yesterday said the number of medicinal drug abuse cases filed from January till October 31 had increased to 46. Last year there were 28 cases from January to December.   Perera said the NMRA had been …

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50,000 health employees to stage token strike

The Joint Council of Health Professionals (JCHP) yesterday issued a warning that trade unions in the health sector would resort to a token strike next week to pressure the government to rectify salary anomalies caused by a new salary structure introduced to the Railway Department.   Joint Convenor of the …

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Drug price slash helps Sri Lanka improve people’s health

Sri Lanka’s drastic reduction in the price of nearly 50 medicines used to treat heart disease, diabetes and other common ailments has led to a substantial improvement in the health of its people, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in its latest report.   The world body noted that Health …

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SAITM will not be abolished or nationalised – Rajitha

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday that if the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) did not agree to the reasonable and practical solution that had been put forward to resolve the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue its hidden agenda would be proved beyond doubt.   He …

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