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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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No foreign kidneys transplants in SL: Rajitha

The Health Ministry has suspended kidney transplants in Sri Lanka with kidneys obtained from foreigners and also requests private hospitals not to charge any fee from those who come forward to donate organs or pay for their organs, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. The Minister added that these decisions …

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World Bank praises Sri Lanka’s Health service

The World Bank praises the public health service in Sri Lanka by saying that There are few if any other low or middle-income countries that have public health service like in Sri Lanka, simultaneously achieved strong health outcomes, good financial protection and low cost. In a publication on universal health …

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